Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Report

Discussion created by ssawyer on Jul 5, 2016

by Robert Morris

Executive Director, IFIA


In preparation for the Fourth of July holiday, we hosted a Fireworks seminar in May which was presented by the American Pyrotechnics Association. Over 120 people attended this worthwhile event.


The IFIA will again host the fire safety exhibit on the last day of the Illinois State Fair – family day. Plans are in the works for new displays for the thousands of people who attend the fair on that day.


The IFIA is combining with the IL Automatic Fire Alarm Association for a Golf outing on August 23. We are hoping for a large turnout as there will be raffles for a chance to win one million dollars and $2,500, as well as many other par three hole-in-one games where people can win golf clubs, a vacation, cash, and even a car.


Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification classes we are offering this fall are Fire Inspector 1 and 2, and Public Fire and Life Safety Educator. We are presenting each of these classes approximately twice a year.


Related to certification, by a third party is offering a Plan Review Class in September. This is important to those people interested in obtaining the OSFM certification of Advanced Fire Inspector. Until changes occur at the OSFM, this class and the NFPA plan review class, are the only courses approved to get this certification since the National Fire Academy does not offer their plan review class anymore 


The State Fire Marshal’s office was at our June meeting, and indicated that public schools will be using the 2015 edition of the Life Safety Code beginning in July. They are also creating a second tier of inspectors for departments that want to inspect local schools.


Our Combined Conference is slated for March 201 in East Peoria. It is not too late to plan for the 2017 Combined Conference. We are accepting calls for presentation for this conference now. The link to do that is   Decisions on speakers will be made in early Fall. Apply now. We have been
doing annual conferences for 40 years.


A situation concerning elevator emergency phones was noted with one of our members. They received a call of people stuck in an elevator due to a power failure. The elevator phone did not work as the technology being used
for it is VOIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol. When the elevator was inspected and tested, it was fine, as the phone was never tested in a power failure situation. Based on this you may want to check on how your elevator phones are
transmitting signals, and also consider testing the phone in a power failure situation.


Registration for any of our classes, or the golf outing is available on our website


Check the website for the following upcoming events:

Fire Inspector 1 class in September

Building and Fire Code Academy Plan Review Class in

Fire Inspector 2 in October/November

Fire alarm plan review in October

Public FLSE in November

Fire alarm ITM in December