ORLAND PARK, Ill., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pleasantview Fire
Protection District celebrated its 50th recorded sprinkler save by adding
the sprinkler that controlled a fire in a local business to its sprinkler
tree. Since early 1985, Fire Marshals Dan Tholotowsky and Art D'Andrea,
with the support of Chief Dan Hermes, have kept track of successful
sprinkler activations within the district. The activated sprinklers have
been collected over the years to form a sprinkler tree, which stands
outside of the Fire Prevention Bureau's office. The tree also includes
photo plaques of the saved buildings and details about the fires.
The idea for the sprinkler tree began after Tholotowsky and D'Andrea
took a class to learn about fire sprinklers in 1984. They contacted Rich
Ray, president, Cybor Fire Protection Company to provide piping and other
materials to start building the tree. Throughout the process, sprinklers
have been installed on the tree accurately and correctly and according to
their types: sidewall, pendant, or upright.
The celebrated 50th addition to the sprinkler tree occurred at Best-Way
Refinishing in Hodgkins. Sprinklers controlled a fire that began in paint
spray booth filters during process work. D'Andrea said that this sprinkler
save and many of the other saves not only prevented significant property
loss, but also allowed the businesses to re-open within a few short days or
even a few hours. He said that typically, the sprinkler that controlled the
fire is replaced and the system is re-activated before firefighters leave
the scene. Then the sprinkler that activated is brought back to the station
to be added to the sprinkler tree.
According to Tholotowsky, by reaching a tremendous benchmark with the
addition of the 50th sprinkler, the tree continues to be a success story
for fire sprinklers. All of the sprinklers represent significant homes and
businesses that are still standing today due to the effectiveness of fire
sprinklers. It also represents protecting the lives of the building
occupants and the firefighters who respond to the fires.
"It was an experiment to see what sprinklers would do in our district
and the results have been incredible," D'Andrea said. "Pleasantview Fire
Protection District has provided a model that truly demonstrates the
importance of safety and protection through fire sprinklers."
"We commend the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, Dan, Art, and
Chief Hermes for not only understanding the importance of recording and
explaining what happened to the businesses, but also developing this visual
and hands-on prop at the entrance of their fire prevention bureau," said
Tom Lia, Executive Director, Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory
The Pleasantview Fire Protection District services the communities of
Countryside, Hodgkins, Indianhead Park, Burr Ridge, Willowbrook, La Grange
Highlands, and parts of unincorporated Cook County.
SOURCE Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board