"This was a concerted effort by the Village Council to continue to improve fire safety in the village, while taking some of the financial burden off of the business community," says Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky.
"We are only the second community in Illinois to establish a fire sprinkler rebate program," adds Bernie Arends, fire inspector for the Winnetka Fire Department.
Last year, the southwest suburban city of Lockport and the Lockport Township Fire Protection District instituted similar incentives and tax rebate programs for fire sprinkler retrofits.
"This is an example of progressive elected officials voting to do what is best for their businesses and citizens," says Tom Lia, fire safety advocate and executive director of the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board. "Winnetka is setting the fire safety example for all mayors, alderman and trustees throughout Illinois."
About the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB)
NIFSAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting progressive legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and governmental policy makers by demonstrating the proven performance of fire sprinklers in saving both lives and property. For more info, visit www.firesprinklerassoc.org.
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