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U.S. Fire Administrator Visits Chicagoland Area

George Michehl, executive director of the IFIA (right), greets Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines at the IFIA's Fall Safety Seminar.

As part of the activities for the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association‘s (IFIA) Fall Safety Seminar in November 2010, Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines was invited as a guest speaker. According to George Michehl, executive director of the IFIA, Gaines addressed his vision for the future of fire prevention at the U.S. Fire Administration, which includes greater emphasis on fire prevention at the National Fire Academy. Gaines also cited the need for a meeting with the major home builders associations to discuss their opposition to the fire sprinkler requirements in the International Residential Code.

Fire Chief Dan Hermes, Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines, Fire Marshal Dan Tholotowsky, and IFIA Executive Director George Michehl celebrate the 56th successful fire sprinkler activation in the Pleasantview Fire Protection District.

During his trip, Gaines also visited the Pleasantview Fire Protection District to view their unique fire sprinkler tree display. The fire sprinkler tree is made out of the actual sprinklers from each successful fire sprinkler activation that has occurred in the fire district and also includes plaques with pictures of the occupancies and information about the event. Gaines was there to witness the fire district’s 56th addition to the sprinkler tree.

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