ADDISON, Ill., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 170 fire and building
officials and community leaders from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and other
states attended Fire Team USA's fire protection informational and training
conference at the Medinah Shriners facility in Addison, Illinois.
Funded through a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant, the conference is
an initiative to bring fire chiefs and marshals, elected officials, building
officials and other stakeholders together to learn and share fire prevention
methods and alternatives that affect quality of life and improve public policy
on fire protection.
Topics included fire protection priorities and codes, the politics of life
safety, mobilizing the community stakeholders, and the various resources
available to educate and improve public policy. Speakers also discussed the
details behind NFPA 13D, the standard for the installation of fire sprinklers
in one- and two-family homes.
Congressman Peter Roskam, Illinois's 6th District, whose district includes
Addison, addressed the audience talking about why he believes it's important
to support the fire service. He opened his comments talking about his personal
experience with a house fire as a child. Congressman Roskam said he has
cosponsored and supports the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, a bill that reduces
the tax depreciation time for retrofitting fire sprinkler systems in buildings
from 39 years to five years. He joined the Congressional Fire Services Caucus,
the largest caucus in Congress with over 320 members. As a new member of the
House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Roskam said he would continue to
support the fire service at the committee level.
Other elected officials who attended the event included Joe Moore,
Alderman, Chicago, 49th Ward and Carole Pankau, State Senator, 23rd District.
Alderman Moore said he was attending the event to learn more about fire
At the end of the conference, those who attended withstood the 20-degree
weather to watch a live burn demonstration in the facility parking lot. Two
rooms were built and furnished. A fire sprinkler was installed in one room,
the other room was not protected. Fires were started in both rooms to show how
quickly flashover occurs without fire sprinklers. Flashover is when all the
contents in the room start on fire. Flashover occurred in about three minutes.
Addison firefighters used hoses to extinguish the fire. In the room protected
with a fire sprinkler, the smoke alarm sounded at 10 seconds. The sprinkler
activated in about 30 seconds and extinguished the fire. Fire protection
educators believe the side-by-side burn demonstration is an effective way to
teach people about how quickly fire spreads and how effective fire sprinklers
work to save lives and property.
SOURCE Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board