Crowd Turns Out for Whistle-stop Tour in Illinois

Apr 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board

    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
     For more information about the Whistle-stop tour visit
     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.
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     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

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