Robert Morris, Executive Director, IFIA
The summer was very busy for the organization. Some of the major events were attending the State Fair, a social outing at Arlington Park Racecourse, and the 2nd Annual IFIA/IL-AFAA golf outing. Thanks to all that attended and who supported our organization. We truly appreciate your time. Not to be forgotten are the quarterly meetings in Springfield and other areas throughout the State.
Two of our members, along with many other stakeholders, attended a meeting by the OSFM on fire sprinkler certifications. This was the third of a series of ongoing meetings regarding sprinkler certifications for people in the various aspects of the sprinkler industry.
We mentioned in the last article that the OSFM is asking for school inspections to be sent to them, in addition to what you are now sending to the local ROE. During the summer, a slight change came out. Now, as of September 1st, fire departments that perform public school inspections are now required by the OSFM to report those inspections to them through the Mobile Eyes Inspection Portal. The instructions on logging in and how to do that are available on the OSFM website under the Fire Services tab, at the public school program link. A direct link is http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/Portals/0/docs/FireService/PublicSchoolInspectionSubmissionProcedures.pdf
Our Combined Conference is slated for March 22 – 24, in East Peoria. It is not too late to begin to plan for this. All of the speakers and topics have been chosen, and we are just waiting for confirmation papers from the speakers. At that point, we will issue a one page flyer listing the topics. With the budget process occurring in many departments, make sure you secure this in your budget. We will begin registering at our website very shortly.
For those that want to secure your room now for the conference, you are in luck. You can do so. You can call 1-800-547-0711 and reference code 0321FIR, or you can book online by going to http://www.paradicecasino/groups and enter in code 0321FIR. Remember that we have moved and will be at the Par a Dice Hotel and Casino.
For departments in the far southern part of the State looking for some training, there are some education offerings for you as well. Our neighbors at the Paducah (KY) Fire Department are holding their 5th Annual Conference on October 28 & 29. It will be held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Avenue, Paducah, KY 42003. To pre-register,
complete the registration form on the City of Paducah website at www.paducahky.gov or contact the Fire Prevention Division at 270-444-8527. When you attend, mention you are from Illinois.
Community Risk Reduction (CRR) is defined in NFPA 1035, Standard on Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist, and Youth Firesetter Program Manager Professional
Qualifications, as “programs, actions, and services used by a community, which prevent or mitigate the loss of life, property, and resources associated with life safety, fire, and other disasters within a community.”
Fire service leaders face a number of challenges getting the job done — protecting and
serving the public, keeping up staff morale, maintaining safety standards for the
department and community, facing budget cutbacks — all as resources become more
limited. At times the job can seem daunting. However, there is a tool available to
help fire service leaders keep pace with a constantly changing social, environmental,
economic, and political climate: Community Risk Reduction. It’s the all-hazards
solution to the all-hazards response that the modern fire service needs.
Many fire service organizations are hesitant to adopt a CRR approach because of the changes
required within an organization. Fire service leaders need to keep in mind that CRR will make any fire service organization more efficient and effective in saving lives and property.
The IFIA will try to maintain current information regarding CRR on its website, so check it often.
The IFIA has collected many code books, training manuals, etc. over the years. In an effort to clean house we will be selling those to interested parties. They will be selling for $5 - $25. Many of them, while just an edition old, still
contain very good information, and would be a bargain for someone. Once we have offered them internally, they will be put on eBay.
We have had a request from California about getting data on Viking Model 457 sprinklers. These are residential sprinkler that have had non-fire activations. Should this happen to you, please let our office know and we will forward that information.
Check the website for the following upcoming events:
October 28 awards luncheon
Mini seminar and meeting November 18
Fire Inspector 2 in October/November in New Lenox
Fire alarm plan review Oct 19 and 20 in Countryside
Public FLSE in November in Downers Grove
Fire alarm ITM Dec 6 in Buffalo Grove
Holiday luncheon December 16