ORLAND PARK, Ill., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) welcomed the National Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) "America's Fire Heroes Whistle-stop Tour" to Chicagoland on Saturday, April 14th. The nationwide tour stopped at the Loews parking lot in Orland Park and was met by area firefighters, representatives and families. Approximately 40 fire departments participated in a parade through Tinley Park and Orland Park. The tour, which was announced on March 29 in Washington D.C., will stop at 20 cities across the country. The objective is to inform the general public on fire safety and advocate progressive approaches to prevent line-of-duty deaths. On Saturday, over 300 attendees listened to Alison Coglianese Murphy, whose father, Chicago Fire Lieutenant Edmund P. Coglianese died on duty in 1986, speak of the circumstances surrounding her father's death. The NFFF and Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation (DBCF) also had representatives speak in regards to fire safety and prevention and the efforts of the tour. NIFSAB also contributed to the dramatic by performing a side-by-side burn demonstration, in which two rooms were set ablaze, one protected by fire sprinklers and one not. This first-hand demonstration emphasized the life- saving potential fire sprinklers provide for both civilians and first responders: The sprinkler system was activated within nine seconds after the smoke alarm rang, preserving all but a window sheet and garbage can, while the non-sprinkler room burned completely within two minutes. "It was great to see such a nice turn out at an event like this. It was also an honor to work with this group to help educate those who attended with our side-by-side demonstration," said Tom Lia, NIFSAB Executive Director. "We were happy to work with the Orland Fire Protection District, Chief Don Bettenhausen in our own hometown," Lia said. Thousands of names of firefighters killed in the line of duty over the years were on display on the sides of the tour bus. As family members looked around to find loved-ones names, the bus served as a reminder of the powerful role that emergency responders play in our communities. The importance of residential fire sprinkler systems is included in the NFFF's 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, adoption of which are vital to achieving the U.S. Fire Administration's goal of cutting firefighter fatalities by 25% in 5 years. The Initiative reads: "Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers." For more information about the Whistle-stop tour visit http://www.everyonegoeshome.com/ NIFSAB is a non-profit organization composed of fire officials, contractors, building officials, suppliers, architects, engineers, and manufacturers. NIFSAB is dedicated to educating and informing the public and elected and appointed officials of the vital role that fire sprinklers play in fire protection. For more information about NIFSAB visit http://www.firesprinklerassoc.org For a photo for this article please go to: http://www.ppacom.com/pr/NIFSAB Caption: From left: NIFSAB Fire Safety Consultant Dan Turner, Battalion Chief Bryant Krizik and Fire Chief Don Bettenhausen of the Orland Park Fire Protection District, and NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia attend the National Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) "America's Fire Heroes Whistle-stop Tour"
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