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Sep 29, 2015, 10:00 ET
Illinois fire official Mike Figolah narrates a fire and sprinkler burn demonstration.

Illinois Fire Service to Set Fires, Creating Awareness for Fire Prevention Month

Although firefighters are often tasked with extinguishing fires, during the month of October members of the Illinois fire service will be starting...

Sep 28, 2015, 13:36 ET
The high-rise Cook County Administration Building in Chicago, which suffered a multiple-fatality fire in 2003.

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago City Council Must Encourage Congressional Delegation to Pass Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act to Benefit High-Rises

 For the hundreds of high-rises in Chicago that have yet to comply with the city's Life Safety Evaluation (LSE), help may be on the way from...

Aug 24, 2015, 13:55 ET

Lockport Doesn't Want to Gamble with Fire Safety

The city of Lockport now offers a unique grant program to encourage the installation of fire sprinklers and smoke alarms in its historic downtown...

Aug 05, 2015, 19:00 ET
Downers Grove Fire Chief Jim Jackson prepares fire crews for the burn demonstration in the sprinklered and unsprinklered dorm rooms at Midwestern University.

As School Year Approaches, Fire Groups Host Demonstration and Remind College Students to Check Housing for Fire Sprinklers

With the school year fast approaching, the Downers Grove Fire Department and nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB)...

May 12, 2015, 14:50 ET

Highland Fire Department Spotlights First Fire Sprinkler-Protected Home in Lake County, Indiana

 On May 7, firefighters and building and elected officials gathered at 3105 Highway Avenue in Highland, Ind., to see the first fire...

May 11, 2015, 13:10 ET
Firefighters and building and elected officials at one of the first fire sprinkler-protected homes in the Manhattan Fire Protection District in Illinois.

New Lenox Fire Inspector Builds One of the First Sprinkler-Protected Homes in Manhattan Fire Protection District

On May 8, firefighters and building and elected officials gathered at 24113 South Clover Court in unincorporated Manhattan, Illinois to...

Mar 15, 2015, 14:10 ET

Fatal High-Rise Fire Occurred in Building That Passed Chicago's Life Safety Evaluation

 Late Saturday night, a 70-year-old man was killed in a fire at the unsprinklered, 21-story residential high-rise located at 300 South Damen...

Feb 25, 2015, 13:30 ET

Fire in Chicago's Erie on the Park High-Rise Contained by Fire Sprinkler System

 On the night of February 23, a fire was contained to a single condo unit by a fire sprinkler system on the 14th floor of the Erie on the Park...

Dec 29, 2014, 16:05 ET

Recent Fires in Chicago High-Rises Draw Attention to City's High-Rise Life Safety Evaluation Deadline

On the evening of December 20, a single fire sprinkler controlled a stove grease fire on the 23rd floor of the Adler Place residential high-rise on...

Oct 28, 2014, 15:28 ET
Bartlett fire officials and representatives from the nonprofit Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board celebrate Illinois' 500th side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration on October 25.

Fire Sprinkler Education Reaches Milestone in Illinois: Bartlett Fire Protection District Hosts 500th Fire Sprinkler Demonstration

 On Saturday, October 25, the Bartlett Fire Protection District hosted Illinois' 500th fire sprinkler demonstration using the side-by-side...

Jun 11, 2014, 17:34 ET

NIFSAB: Death of Elderly Couple in Mokena House Fire Highlights Recent Omission of Home Fire Sprinklers from Will County Building Code

Early this morning, a fire tore through a home in an unincorporated area of southwest suburban Mokena, killing an elderly couple before they were...

May 09, 2014, 18:14 ET

Fire Sprinklers Prove Their Life-Saving Value in Chicago Area High-Rise Fires

On Wednesday, May 7, a single fire sprinkler extinguished a kitchen fire in the Spinning Wheel Apartments high-rise building in Hinsdale. The fire...

May 09, 2014, 15:43 ET

CEO of Lake Forest-Based Fire Sprinkler Company Earns Top Honor from National Fire Sprinkler Association

 Gregg Huennekens, CEO of USA Fire Protection, Lake Forest, Ill., received the Golden Sprinkler Award, the highest honor awarded by the...

Feb 25, 2014, 13:40 ET
Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis discussed the importance of home fire sprinklers in preventing fire deaths and injuries.  (PRNewsFoto/Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB))

Illinois Fire and Building Officials Meet to Strengthen Commitment to Home Fire Sprinkler Protection

 Nearly 26 years since the Village of Long Grove enacted fire sprinkler requirements for new construction homes, Illinois now has 92...

Feb 17, 2014, 12:44 ET

NIFSAB: Site of Three Fires Since 2007, Chicago High-Rise Opts to Ban Smoking Instead of Installing Fire Sprinklers

Condo owners of the 42-story high-rise at 2626 North Lakeview Avenue in Chicago recently instituted the city's first full smoking ban in a...

Jan 24, 2014, 16:33 ET

Preventing Fire Sprinkler System Freeze-Ups as Another Arctic Blast Arrives in Illinois

 The cold temperatures are upon us. Fire prevention bureaus and building departments can save their communities money in repairs and water...

Oct 17, 2013, 11:54 ET

Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board Questions High-Rise Fire Safety Ten Years After Deadly Cook County Administration Building Fire

 Ten years have passed since six people died in a high-rise fire that did not have fire sprinklers at the Cook County Administration Building,...

Oct 03, 2013, 16:12 ET

ALERT: Illinois Fire Service Predicts Severely Heightened Number of Fire Incidents Through October

 Officials in the Illinois fire service are predicting a dramatic uptick in intentionally set fires in the state of Illinois through October,...

Sep 03, 2013, 19:20 ET

New Federal Rule Highlighted After Fire Sprinkler System Saves Residents at Illinois Nursing Home Fire

A Burr Ridge, Illinois, nursing home fire on Monday, September 2, was suppressed by the building's fire sprinkler system until Tri-State Fire...

Dec 10, 2009, 19:10 ET

Repeat of Fire Tragedy in Chicago High-Rise Should Have Been Prevented

Early this morning, a fatal fire at the 44-story building at 260 East Chestnut Street in Chicago claimed the life of one individual, injuring at...