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WGN’s “Around Town” Segment Features Fire Sprinklers

Volunteers from the fire sprinkler segment on the WGN Morning Show “Around Town” segment with host Ana Belaval (front center) included Bartlett FPD Fire Marshal Mike Figolah, and members from NIFSAB, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 and Alsip Fire Department.

WGN Morning Show “Around Town” host Ana Belaval explains fire sprinklers and smoke alarms with the help of Bartlett FPD Fire Marshal Mike Figolah.

On January 17, 2013, WGN-TV featured fire sprinklers on the “Around Town” portion of its morning news program. Numerous teasers spot and two full segments were dedicated to teaching the public about the difference between sprinklered and unsprinklered fires through the use of a live side-by-side demonstration and a live fire sprinkler trailer demonstration.

WATCH Main Segment #1: Unsprinklered Room

WATCH Main Segment #2: Fire Sprinkler-Protected Room

Bartlett FPD Fire Marshal Mike Figolah demonstrates a fire without fire sprinklers (top) and with fire sprinklers (bottom) to WGN Morning Show “Around Town” host Ana Belaval.

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) reached out to Mike Figolah, fire marshal for the Bartlett Fire Protection District, to work with “Around Town” host Ana Belaval on the segments. “Mike was the perfect choice for this video shoot because he has had prior experience conducting live fire sprinkler demonstrations in front of camera crews,” says Tom Lia, executive director of NIFSAB. “He did a great job of describing the demonstrations and stating the facts about fire sprinklers.”

Lia notes that assistance from Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 and the neighboring Alsip Fire Department was also instrumental to the success of the video shoot. “Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 offered its facilities as the video shoot location and as a place to keep everyone warm between filming outdoor segments in the bitter cold of the winter. Alsip firefighters volunteered to help make sure that the demonstrations ran smoothly and took care of the fire suppression efforts.”

“Thanks to everyone who was involved in making the video shoot a success and helping to educate Chicagoland television viewers about the dangers of fire and the life- and property-saving protection of fire sprinklers,” adds Lia.

Visit NIFSAB’s Facebook page for more images from the video shoot.

 

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