Illinois Fire Inspectors Association

Discussion created by ssawyer on Jan 9, 2017

Robert Morris

Executive Director, IFIA


Register for the early bird pricing for our annual Combined Conference, March 22 – 24!!! Our keynote speaker is Tim Sandelbach with Firehouse Magazine. You can secure a room for this event through the following ways: by calling 1-800-547-0711 and referencing code 0321FIR, or by going to and typing in 0321FIR. A full program of classes and class descriptions is available on our website.


Or earliest records show that the IFIA has been in existence since 1967. So in recognition of that fact, the Board has decided to offer a FREE seminar to IFIA members. If you are not a member of the IFIA, the cost to attend is only $25. The class will be held the afternoon prior to the combined conference to make it convenient for anyone that would like to attend both. This will be taught by NFPA, and the topic will be Teaching Strategies for Effective Public Education. The course description is:


This interactive workshop will provide data-driven guidance to both new and seasoned educators who want to work with a variety of different age groups and backgrounds.  Participants will learn about the prevalent fire risks across age groups, and key characteristics to consider when planning instruction. They will also gain an in-depth knowledge of NFPA educational materials and be able to confidently select appropriate materials and strategies for audiences of different ages and demographics. Participants will leave the workshop ready to tailor fire prevention presentations to meet the needs of each audience. 


You can sign up for this now at our website. It is one of the choices when registering for the Combined Conference. You need not attend the conference to attend this class.


In an effort to clean up the office a bit, we have many old code books and training manuals. Most of these will be sold for $5 - $25. While some these might be one edition old, there is still much useful information which can be had at bargain prices. Contact our office and we will supply you with a listing of the books on hand.


For those communities building new fire, police, or educational buildings should be aware of requirements in the 2015 International Building Code on storm shelters. See the info that follows.


423.3 Critical emergency operations. In areas where the shelter design wind speed for tornados in accordance with Figure 304.2(1) of ICC 500 is 250 MPH, 911 call stations, emergency operation centers and fire, rescue, ambulance and police stations shall have a storm shelter constructed in accordance with ICC 500.


423.4 Group E occupancies. In areas where the shelter design wind speed for tornados is 250 MPH in accordance with Figure 304.2(1) of ICC 500, all Group E occupancies with an aggregate occupant load of 50 or more shall have a storm shelter constructed in accordance with ICC 500.


In December we swore in a new Board of Directors for the IFIA. Serving are Ed Dunne, Evergreen Park, as President; Dan Riordan, Tinley Park, as Vice President; John Janozik, Oak Forest, as Treasurer; and Bill Schmidt, Streamwood, as Secretary. Ed is the first person to serve as President that has come up though the Public Education side of the fire service.


Was it recalled? If you want up to the date information on what FDA or CPSC items have been recalled, you can sign up for regular email updates at


The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is proud to announce that Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) has been selected as the 2016 CFSI Legislator of the Year. 


Congressman Pascrell has been a leading advocate for the nation's fire and emergency services.  The current chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Congressman Pascrell has been a staunch advocate for a number of federal fire service programs, including the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs, as well as the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Recently, Congressman Pascrell introduced H.R. 5123, the Honoring Emergency Response Officers Benefits Reform Act. The legislation is intended to improve the timeliness and transparency of Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) program's death, disability and education claims. 


Check our website for the following upcoming events:


Feb 24 – mini seminar and membership meeting

March 21 – afternoon pre conf – FREE to IFIA members

March 22 – 24 – Annual Combined conference in East Peoria