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Reserve Your Fire Sprinkler Demo – 2020 Dates Are Filling Up

With 85 side-by-side and burn trailer demonstrations completed in 2019, we expect another busy year in 2020, especially around Fire Prevention Month in October. Book your demonstration as early as possible in the year as dates are starting to fill up.

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2020-01-07T16:41:59-06:00January 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Reserve Your Fire Sprinkler Demo – 2020 Dates Are Filling Up

Successful Activations (Winter Edition 2019-2020)

January 2020

Fire Sprinklers Help Extinguish a Fire in a Department Store Fitting Room

SPRINGFIELD, IL (January 5, 2020) – Fire crews were dispatched to Gordman’s department store in Springfield, January 5 at 12:15p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire above and inside a dressing room. According to Springfield Fire Chief Allen Reyne, the fire was extinguished within minutes from fire sprinklers and the fire department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Source: News Channel ABC20


Fire Sprinklers Stop a Fire From Spreading in Historic Chicago High-Rise

CHICAGO, IL (January 4, 2020) – According to the Chicago Fire Department, a fire sprinkler kept a fire in check in a compactor room at the Midwest Apartment high-rise located at 6 North Hamlin Boulevard. According to the Midwest Apartment website, this historic national landmark was once a prominent athletic club and hotel.

Source: Chicago Fire Department Media


Fire Sprinkler Protects Resident in Rockford Apartment Fire

ROCKFORD, IL (January 4, 2020) – Fire sprinklers prevented a kitchen fire in an apartment from becoming deadly allowing the resident to safely escape.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. January 4, Rockford fire crews said the occupant of the unit at the nine-story Valkommen Plaza Apartments, located at 310 7th Street, initially reported that they were unable to escape. A fire sprinkler activated, keeping the fire from spreading, protecting the resident and preventing any further damage to the building.

There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: WTVO 17ABC

December 2019

Fire Sprinklers Prevent a Fire From Spreading in Walmart on New Year’s Eve

HARRISBURG, IL (December 31, 2019) – Fire sprinklers contained a fire inside Walmart in Harrisburg on New Year’s Eve. According to Harrisburg Fire Chief John Gunning, the fire started at around 11:30 p.m. and was located on a shelving unit in the middle of the store. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Fire crews with Carrier Mills, Equality and Shawneetown assisted at the scene with mutual aid. They all left the scene around 2:30 a.m. on January 1, 2020. The store was back open and operational 3 days later.

There were no injuries.

Source: KFVS12


Fire Controlled in Older Apartment Building Retrofit with Fire Sprinklers

EVANSTON, IL (December 22, 2019) – Firefighters credit fire sprinklers for keeping a bedroom fire from becoming deadly in a three-story apartment building in Evanston on Sunday.

Shortly after 3:15 p.m., Evanston Fire Department crews arrived at the building located on the corner of Barton Avenue and Cleveland Street where they heard fire alarms and residents were evacuating. Firefighters went through a smoke-filled hallway to a bedroom where a fire sprinkler prevented the fire from spreading. Firefighters extinguished the remaining fire.

The five-unit brick building was built in 1928. When the management company rehabbed the building an audible alarm and fire sprinkler system were retrofit bringing the building up to code with current city ordinances.

“The fire alarm and sprinkler system worked exactly as designed, saving both lives and property,” said Chief Brian Scott.

Source: The Patch, Evanston, IL


Fire Sprinklers Prevent Fire From Spreading in 114-Year-Old Country Club

HARWOOD HEIGHTS, IL (December 21, 2019) – Firefighters credit fire sprinklers for preventing a kitchen fire from spreading at the Ridgemoor Country Club in Harwood Heights.

According to Fire Marshal Leigh Unger, Norwood Park Fire Protection District, two sprinklers activated and controlled the fire until first units arrived. Companies extinguished the remaining fire and began overhaul operations. Fire sprinklers and fire companies together saved a 114-year-old structure that could have resulted in more than $17 million in damages. No injuries were reported.

Source: Fire Marshal Leigh Unger, Norwood Park Fire Protection District


Fire Sprinkler Extinguishes Kitchen Fire in 53-Story Senior High-Rise

Clare Senior Apt Fire Save

CHICAGO, IL (December, 2019) – A fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire on the 26th floor of a 53-story high-rise building. The Clare, 55 E. Pearson Street, is a senior independent living community in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

According to Gavin Hansen, F.E. Moran, they received a call about a kitchen fire. A sprinkler extinguished what looked like a stove fire. F.E. Moran installed the system 10 years ago and provided service and inspections ever since. According to the work order, they needed to replace the sprinkler so the system could be returned to service.

Source: Gavin Hansen, F.E. Moran


Fire Sprinklers Control a Fire at SouthPark Mall

MOLINE, IL (December 16, 2019) – Four fire sprinklers activated and controlled a fire that started inside the Fig Tree bookstore in SouthPark Mall in Moline.

According to Fire Marshal Jerry Spiegel, the fire started just after 11 a.m. Monday, December 16. Incense was left burning and the ashes fell into a cardboard box. Sprinklers contained most of the fire until crews arrived. There were no injuries.

The anchor stores, JCPenney, Dillards and Von Maur opened from the outside, according to mall management.

Source: https://wqad.com/2019/12/16/south-park-mall-evacuated-for-fire/


Fire Sprinklers Stop Fire From Spreading at Sycamore Menards

SYCAMORE, IL (December 16, 2019) – Fire sprinklers controlled a fire that started on a display shelf in the lighting department at Menards in Sycamore. Fire crews responded to a call at 2:22 a.m. at the big-box store at 1825 Mercantile Drive.

According to a post on the Sycamore Fire Department’s Facebook page, “We were very fortunate that the building’s fire sprinkler system provided both the initial notification of a fire alarm as well as kept the fire from spreading significantly beyond the area of origin.” Firefighters were able to control the flames within 15 minutes. There were no injuries reported.

View the report at: https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2019/12/16/fire-smoke-monday-at-menards/az61ybb/?utm_medium=DCFacebook&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0arE-j8kzyZq9Pv_QkhEz5r6j3U2_uqAbUiWLkJ-3-iSnOg1TiMr9UXPg

@Sycamoreilfire on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sycamoreilfire/

Source: Sycamore Fire Department Facebook and the Daily Chronicle




2020-01-07T00:59:04-06:00December 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Successful Activations (Winter Edition 2019-2020)

Frankfort Home Retrofit with Fire Sprinklers


Erik explains the water supply connections to Palos Park Chief Building Inspector Bob Adams.

ORLAND PARK, IL (November 27, 2019) – When Erik Hoffer, the Executive Director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), bought an existing home in Frankfort, he knew he would have it retrofit with home fire sprinklers before he and his family would move in.

“There are only a few homes in Frankfort that are protected with home fire sprinklers, so we weren’t able to find a sprinklered one,” he said. “Protecting our home and family with sprinklers was essential for us, but it also presented an important educational opportunity for our community.”

“Due to fire sprinkler myths that are on full display in television shows and movies, most people are not aware that fire sprinklers are individually heat activated and, therefore, do not all activate at once,” added Hoffer.

While the walls were still open and the fire sprinkler piping visible, Erik and his wife Karah held an open house to introduce their home to neighbors, elected officials, building officials, real estate agents and members of the fire service so they could see and learn about the system.

With daughters ages two and four years old, the priority for the Hoffers is protecting their family. Fire safety, in particular, is top of mind for Hoffer, who has spent 12 years of his career working with safety organizations developing educational campaigns, including fire sprinkler awareness. He joined NIFSAB two years ago as Field Operations Local Coordinator. In September, he was promoted to Executive Director.

“My role is to educate the various groups about the dangers of unwanted fire and the important life-safety role of fire sprinklers. I’ve had the opportunity to help area fire departments conduct live fire demonstrations that compare rooms with and without fire sprinklers. I’ve seen firsthand how quickly fire becomes deadly and how a single fire sprinkler can contain a fire or extinguish it. With my work advocating for fire sprinklers, there was no question I wanted to be able to say ‘yes’ when asked if I have sprinklers in my own home,” Hoffer said.

During the Hoffers’ open house, representatives from the nonprofit educational group Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the National Fire Sprinkler Association set up displays and offered educational information to guests. A representative from United States Alliance Fire Protection, the contractor that retrofit the home, was also available to answer installation questions.

Hoffer said he was very pleased with the turnout. “The village of Frankfort’s Mayor Jim Holland and Trustee Margaret Farina attended and asked a lot of questions. It was nice to have their interest and show them our new sprinklered home,” he said. “It was great to see fire officials from Frankfort and neighboring communities and meet some of our new neighbors.”

Typically, fire sprinklers are installed when a home is being built. Hoffer worked with USA Fire Protection because they also have experience retrofitting existing homes. The retrofit project took just over a week. The system also includes a strobe alarm mounted outside the home and an alarm inside the home. Hoffer said other than a few holes in some walls that need to be patched and some clean-up work, the family can move in to their fire-safe home.

“It will be nice to enjoy the holiday season in our new home. Now that we will be living in a sprinklered home, we will have peace of mind year-round.”

Erik's House - Open House



Frankfort Trustee Margaret Farina learns about the benefits of residential fire sprinklers.



NFPA 13D system with a residential fire pump assembly.


Open House Group Shot

Left to right: Jen Peterson (USA Fire Protection), Marny McNitt (Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Frankfort Trustee Margaret Farina, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland, Erik Hoffer (NIFSAB), Lisa Woodward (Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition).



USA Fire Protection’s Jen Peterson explains a sidewall sprinkler to some residents from the neighborhood.



Showing a concealed pendent fire sprinkler to a couple of REALTORS®.



Erik’s daughter’s Makenna and Madison lend a helping hand at the Open House.


2019-11-27T14:49:11-06:00November 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Frankfort Home Retrofit with Fire Sprinklers

LIVE Fire Sprinkler Demo/Christmas Tree Safety Story

Fox & Friends Event 11/23/19

Saturday, Nov. 23, 8:50 a.m. (ET)
FOX & FRIENDS, FOX News Cable Channel

NFSA President Shane Ray will be joined by Common Voices advocate Sher Grogg in a live segment that will highlight the importance of fire sprinklers and holiday fire safety. Sher lost six members of her family in a fire in 2015 that started with the Christmas tree.


2019-11-22T12:52:38-06:00November 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on LIVE Fire Sprinkler Demo/Christmas Tree Safety Story

Aurora Regional Fire Museum Showcases Fire Sprinklers in New Home and Life Safety Exhibition

Aurora Regional Museum

Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Aurora, IL

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum located in Aurora, Illinois, is preparing for its grand opening of a new exhibition which includes fire sprinklers as a part of the museum’s home and life safety educational initiative. The exhibition, titled “Staying Safe: From Firehouse to Your House,” is an educational experience that incorporates a variety of elements related to home and life safety. The exhibit will provide visitors with an understanding of how fire can affect their families, and will demonstrate how they can safeguard their homes and families from fires in the home and in their surroundings. Visitors will also be able to identify the latest in fire safety technologies.

“This new exhibit provides an opportunity to bring together modern and historical information on fire and life safety. We were able to bring in pieces of the collection that show how the Aurora Fire Department taught fire prevention to school-aged children as well as contemporary and practical information related to fire safety,” said Brian Failing, Executive Director.

The “Staying Safe” exhibition focuses in part on home fire sprinkler protection. To demonstrate how a home fire sprinkler system looks and works in a home, a mini-house shows what a fire sprinkler system looks like behind the walls – from incoming water riser to the fire sprinklers themselves. Also in the house are multiple educational videos and a display that showcases two fire sprinklers with water running through them.

The “Staying Safe” exhibit had a soft opening leading into National Fire Prevention Week when the Museum hosted a Community Hero Day and Touch-a-Truck event on October 5. The event, which was attended by more than 800 people, provided the community with fire and safety education in a fun way. The goal was that children and families leave with a better understanding of fire safety. At the center of fire safety education at the Community Hero Day event was a fire sprinkler demonstration trailer, where the public could witness firsthand how quickly a fire sprinkler extinguishes a trash can fire.

In conjunction with the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, there will be a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the “Staying Safe: From Firehouse to Your House” on Friday, November 15, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting occurring at 4:00 p.m.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is a museum that preserves and exhibits the artifacts and history of Aurora and surrounding area fire departments. The museum originally opened in October of 1968 and was run by the fire department for the first 20 years of its existence. In 1988, it became the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that it still is today.

Fire Sprinkler Display

Staying Safe Ribbon Nov 15-1


2019-11-22T12:54:25-06:00November 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Aurora Regional Fire Museum Showcases Fire Sprinklers in New Home and Life Safety Exhibition

More than 100 Homes Now Protected with Home Fire Sprinklers in the Village of Roselle

Pictured above from the Roselle Village Board: Wayne Domke, Heather Pransky, Clerk Patty Burns, David Pileski, Bruce Berkshire, Patrick Devitt, Mayor Andy Maglio, NIFSAB’s Erik Hoffer, Lee Trejo, Chief Daniel Anderson and Fire Marshal Robert Morris.

Ten years ago, the Village of Roselle adopted an ordinance that requires all new homes and homes that undergo additions of 50 percent or greater to be protected with home fire sprinklers. Now, the village, along with the surrounding unincorporated area within the Roselle Fire Department’s jurisdiction, has experienced a milestone with more than 100 homes protected with the lifesaving technology. To recognize the achievement, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board presented the village board members and fire officials with a plaque at their village board meeting October 28.

“Kudos to then Fire Marshal Tom Biscan and administrators who had the foresight ten years ago to require residential fire sprinkler systems to protect current and future citizens and occupants,” said Fire Marshal Bob Morris.

Over the years, the Roselle Fire Department has conducted side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstrations annually during its fire safety open house at the fire department to educate the public about how home fire sprinklers work. Morris said the demonstrations are important. He said a member of the fire department overheard a resident comment that after seeing the demonstration, he understands why installing fire sprinklers in his home was required.

Morris also mentioned that some of the homes in the district are on a well and not using the municipal water supply. That doesn’t hinder the fact that a fire sprinkler system can be installed.

The Village of Roselle is one of more than 110 communities in Illinois that require home fire sprinklers. Congratulations to the Village of Roselle for more than 100 homes that are sprinkler protected, and to all the communities for taking action to protect their citizens.

Roselle Mayor Andy Maglio accepts the recognition plaque from Erik Hoffer/NIFSAB.


2019-11-22T12:55:16-06:00November 8th, 2019|Comments Off on More than 100 Homes Now Protected with Home Fire Sprinklers in the Village of Roselle

FREE seminar for all Building Owners, Property Managers or Building Engineers

4-Hour / Inspection and Testing for the Building Owner

Date:          October 23, 2019

Location:  Lewis University, 1111 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL

Time:           9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Register at:  https://members.nfsa.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1261318

Contact Bob Tinucci, NFSA Illinois State Coordinator
[email protected]
Cell:  630-514-1601

Download flyer:

2019-10-04T11:34:39-05:00October 4th, 2019|Comments Off on FREE seminar for all Building Owners, Property Managers or Building Engineers

Fire Departments Use Live Fire Demonstrations To Teach About Fire Prevention

Illinois fire official Mike Figolah narrates a fire and sprinkler burn demonstration.

Orland Park, IL (October 1, 2019) – The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) is assisting local fire departments in conducting live burn demonstrations to educate the public about how quickly fires can become deadly, as well as the important life-and property-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. The events are centered around National Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 6 to 12.

The demonstrations provide a side-by-side comparison with two similarly furnished rooms — only one with a fire sprinkler installed in the room. Audiences will be able to feel the extreme heat and view the quick growth of fire in the unprotected room and compare it with the quick response and cooling action of the fire sprinkler in the other room. The demonstrations also allow fire departments to talk to attendees about pre-fire planning, smoke alarms, and escape plans.

“These demonstrations provide a dramatic visualization of the speed at which fire grows due to the high flammability of synthetic furnishings in today’s homes, but they also prove how fast fire sprinklers respond to fire and control or extinguish it,” says fire safety advocate and NIFSAB Executive Director Erik Hoffer. “It’s important that homeowners understand that fire sprinklers are not just for commercial buildings. Home fire sprinklers are individually activated by heat and provide a line of defense to allow homeowners to safely escape.”

By the end of the year, NIFSAB will have assisted with approximately 48 side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstrations, along with 23 fire sprinkler trailer demonstrations.

More than 110 Illinois communities now require fire sprinklers in new construction homes, and many more require them in new multi-family and commercial buildings, because sprinklers not only protect occupants and property, but they also protect the lives of first responders.

Below is a list of upcoming fire and sprinkler burn demonstrations:

Wednesday, Oct. 2:
Warrenville Fire Protection District

Saturday, Oct. 5:
Norwood Park Fire Protection District (Trailer Demonstration)
Palatine Fire Department
Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Trailer Demonstration)
Minooka Fire Protection District
Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District with Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District
Lemont Fire Protection District
Bartlett Fire Protection District
La Grange Fire Department
Barrington Fire Department

Sunday, Oct. 6:
Lake Zurich Fire Department
Sugar Grove Fire Protection District
Garden Homes Fire Protection District

 Monday, Oct. 7:
Moraine Valley Community College
Western Springs Fire Department (Trailer Demonstration)

Thursday, Oct. 10:
Westchester Fire Department

Saturday, Oct. 12:
Alsip Fire Department
Westmont Fire Department
Elk Grove Village Fire Department (Trailer Demonstration)
Wood Dale Fire Protection District
Plainfield Fire Protection District
Elgin Fire Department
Rolling Meadows Fire Department
Country Club Hills Fire Department
LaGrange Park Fire Department

Sunday, Oct. 13:
Elmhurst Fire Department

Saturday, Oct. 19:
Berwyn Fire Department
Bloomingdale Fire Protection District
St. Charles Fire Department

Wednesday, Oct. 23:
Chicago Ridge Fire Department

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2019-10-03T12:47:13-05:00October 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Fire Departments Use Live Fire Demonstrations To Teach About Fire Prevention

Fire Sprinklers Protect Firefighters and Equipment Thanks to FEMA Grants

Members of the “Fire Sprinkler Protected” Clarendon Hills fire station are (from left to right):
Jim Schlicher-Firefighter/EMT, Chief Brian Leahy-Fire Chief, Scott Bonser-Captain and Bobbie Bowen-Firefighter/Paramedic

Fire sprinklers save lives. That is an important message many fire departments promote through community education. In addition to protecting occupants in residential and commercial buildings, it is important to protect those who protect the community. Firefighters.

Thanks to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding, the Clarendon Hills and Sycamore fire departments were able to retrofit their fire stations with fire sprinklers, protecting firefighters when they are sleeping and staying at their stations ready to respond to calls.

The Clarendon Hills Fire Department received FEMA funding to retrofit their station. According to Chief Brian Leahy, Clarendon Hills Fire Department, the fire station is no different than any other building. “I’ve been an advocate for many years. We have 400 or 500 homes equipped with fire sprinklers. We thought that because we are requiring fire sprinklers to be installed in people’s homes, we should be doing the same at the station. We are now 100 percent sprinklered. We need to protect life and equipment, so we are ready to protect the community,” he said.

The Sycamore Fire Department also received FEMA grants to install a fire sprinkler system in their Station 1. Sycamore Station 2 was protected with a full fire alarm and sprinkler system when it was built in 2009.

“The fire department staff has a duty to improve safety for our members and the public. One of our goals has been to improve safety measures at our oldest fire station which also serves as the fire department headquarters.” said Deputy Fire Chief Art Zern, Sycamore Fire Department. “At Station 1, we host CPR classes and other events open to the public. We also host and instruct Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class for DeKalb County high school students at the station every school day. The fire sprinkler protection is for our firefighters’ safety as well as visitors. Additionally, we are trying to prevent a catastrophic loss to the community if a fire was to start at the fire station. The potential costs of an un-detected fire and delayed suppression of a fire in the fire station are staggering. Aside from the human cost associated with injuries (or worse) to firefighters or civilians, the cost of the damage to the fire station, furnishings, fire apparatus, equipment, gear and PPE could be in the millions of dollars,” Zern said.

The Sycamore Fire Department installed their fire sprinkler system in two phases. In 2015 they received an AFG through FEMA. This grant covered the installation of a full fire alarm system. Zern said they were grateful and fortunate to now receive another AFG grant for the fire sprinkler system.

Nelson Fire Protection installed the fire sprinkler system. “They were excellent to work with, especially with our 63 year-old building,: Zern said. “There were issues with concrete construction features and working around the existing infrastructure. Nelson Fire Protection was very helpful during the design phase and getting the project ready to go.”

Congratulations to these fire departments and the communities they serve.



2019-09-27T13:53:15-05:00September 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Fire Sprinklers Protect Firefighters and Equipment Thanks to FEMA Grants

NFSA – NFPA 25 Code Enforcing Training Coming to Illinois – Two Dates and Two Locations


NFSA Training is coming to Illinois
Two Dates and Two Locations
Understanding, Applying and Enforcing NFPA 25

This highly interactive full day seminar describes the requirements for properly maintaining a water based fire protection system in accordance with NFPA 25. The seminar clearly describes the responsibilities for compliance & record keeping. It describes the specific scope of the standard, and identifies the various ways in which information related to changes in the system are handled. It describes the various Tables used in the standard, their specific purposes, and when to use which Tables.

For a full syllabus description, click 
October 22, 2019 – North

F.E. Moran Fire Protection 
2265 Carlson Drive

Northbrook IL 60062

October 24, 2019 – South

 Fire Service Institute
University of Illinois
11 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Registration Information:


(Not a member? Details on FREE membership below.)

NFSA Members: $284 EARLY BIRD
($315 Two Weeks Prior)

Non-Members: $567 EARLY BIRD
($630 Two Weeks Prior)
Sponsored by:
AHJ Free Membership
The National Fire Sprinkler Association is proud to offer a 1 year FREE membership to AHJs. We believe that partnerships that understand how we can help each other helps us make our communities safer and keep firefighters and citizens safe, too!
Illinois State Coordinator Bob Tinucci | (630) 514-1601 | [email protected]
2019-09-26T10:54:13-05:00September 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on NFSA – NFPA 25 Code Enforcing Training Coming to Illinois – Two Dates and Two Locations