Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Report

Discussion created by ssawyer on Oct 9, 2017

Robert Morris, Executive Director


After a long wait, the State Fire Marshal now has rules in place for requiring recertification for Fire Inspector 1. The system is similar to what the fire investigators have used for several years successfully. At this point Fire Inspector 1 will need 100 points every four years.


Our annual Combined Conference is getting close. The committee met and selected the remaining speakers for the program. Once dates and times are confirmed, we will have additional information on the topics and speakers.

We already have tremendous Wednesday and Thursday keynote speakers. Wednesday morning will be Gordon Graham. Thursday morning keynotes will be Frank DeAngelis and Michelle Gay. While the names may not be familiar their stories are. They will be talking about the horrific school tragedies of Columbine High School and Sandy Hook School and the recovery process that follows. Frank was the principal of Columbine High School at the time of the shootings there and will chronicle the events of that day and the ones following. Michelle, lost her daughter Josephine at Sandy Hook School. Michele co-founded Safe and Sound Schools as a national resource for school safety. She will share personal experiences and professional perspective on reunifying a school community in the aftermath of crisis. Thursday is a day that school administrators would be very interested in. Make sure you pass this information on to them. One day registrations are available for only $175.


Due to the success of this year’s pre-conference, we are doing that once again. On Tuesday afternoon we will have Meri-K Appy for a full afternoon of information. For non-IFIA members that is only an additional $25

Register now for our Combined Conference on March 21 – 23, 2018 on our website at

Registrations for hotel rooms can made by calling 1-800-547-0711 and referencing code 0321FIR. They can also me be made by going to and typing in 0321FIR.


We partnered with the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board to have crowd of over 100 attend an NFPA 25 Summit in July. In August, the IFIA staffed the fire safety tent at the Illinois State Fair. Annually, close to 1 million people come through the gate for this 10 day event.  In September, we hosted a full day seminar on Solar Panels. Approximately 70 people attended this event. Our annual golf outing was held in August, and once again we partnered with the Illinois Automatic Fire Alarm Association.


Our Annual Awards luncheon will be held in October. This is the time when we recognize those individuals who have gone above and beyond for prevention and education activities.


Also in October will be the fire services legislative summit. This is where the 13 major fire services organization meet to discuss potential fire service legislative issues that could benefit all organizations.


The State Fire Marshal is hosting more public school inspection classes in order to gain local fire departments to inspect their schools.


A Fire Inspector II class will be at the New Lenox FPD in November.