The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association of Illinois recently hosted an event that “created a forum for fire service leaders to bring fire and emergency service issues front and center with state and national legislators and staffers.” Over 100 leaders of the Illinois fire service converged upon Wheeling, Illinois, for Illinois Fire Service Home Day, an annual fire service event.
The event featured educational presentations that included a fire sprinkler trailer demonstration conducted by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB). The demonstration illustrated the dramatic, fast-moving action of fire as well as the quick response of fire sprinklers to control and extinguish fires, preventing it from spreading and eliminating the intense heat and toxic smoke. Fire sprinklers provide additional time necessary for occupants to safely escape their homes. "It's important that our legislators are aware that fire sprinklers provide a proven solution to the residential fire problem and are backed by our State's fire service leaders," says NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia.
State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis discussed the Illinois fire service's effort to update the state's code with NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (2012) which requires fire sprinklers in one- and two- family dwellings, nightclubs and other assemblies that have a higher occupant load level, as well as older highrise buildings. The update will ensure that Illinois' structures will be better protected from fires in the future, safeguarding the people of Illinois.