Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Update

Discussion created by ssawyer on Jan 7, 2018

Robert Morris Executive Director, IFIA


The biggest upcoming item of importance is our annual Conference March 21 - 23, in East Peoria. Register now, as the early bird pricing ends February 18. Information to register, and a full detailed program, is available on our website at


Our opening day will feature Gordon Graham, well known safety expert throughout the fire industry. Our second day keynotes will be Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine High School at the time of the horrific shootings there, and Michelle Gay, the mother of a student killed at Sandy Hook school, and a co-founder of Safe and Sound School. 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. Additionally, pass this to your police agencies you work with. We are all in this together.


Due to the success of last year’s pre-conference, we are doing that once again. On Tuesday afternoon we will have Meri-K Appy and Marsha Giesler presenting a full afternoon of information on building the next generation of fire and life safety educators. This session is free to IFIA members. For those who might not be members, the cost is only $25.


You can reserve your rooms at the Para-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria by calling 1-800-547-0711 and referencing code 0320FIR. They can also me be made by going to and typing in 0320FIR


As a reminder, the State Fire Marshal recently enacted rules for continuing education hours for the Fire Inspector 1 certification. The four year recertification requirements were modeled after the fire investigators. It needs to be noted that the IFIA annual conference WILL count towards those needed hours.


Our awards luncheon was held in October, and many deserving people were recognized. Our highest award for fire prevention went to Rick Marek, Palatine Fire Department, Retired. The public education award went to Tony Rodkey, Countryside Fire Protection District.


The Annual NFPA Conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV this year. At this time the Code Change Hearings take place where members will vote on proposed changes to various NFPA standards. All NFPA members are allowed to vote on those proposals. Why is this important? Three years ago in Chicago there was proposals to change NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, that would have severely limited and/or removed the ability of municipalities and AHJ's to make decisions on how to protect their communities. In Chicago those proposals were voted down. 


This year, those proposals were reintroduced and the ability of municipalities and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) will once again be challenged, specifically to requirements for alarms to terminate at a fire service dispatch/communications center. Once again, Central Station associations are pushing to remove the requirements for remote station monitoring, and to remove or severely limit the decision making power of the AHJ. The fire service must make every effort to attend the code hearings to protect our abilities to do what is best for OUR communities.


We need your vote, but you MUST HAVE BEEN A REGISTERED MEMBER OF NFPA BY DECEMBER 1, 2017. Yes, there are expenses to attend the Conference or just to vote. However, not attending and not voting may impact how you are allowed to decide what is best for the people you protect. 


In December our Holiday luncheon was held. The business side of the luncheon was the swearing in of the new IFIA officers for 2018. The elected officers are Jamie Brown, Treasurer; Bill Schmidt, Secretary; Jack Janozik, Vice President; and Dan Riordan, President.


We have two certification classes coming up. The Public Fire and Life Educator will be in April/May. This class is taught by fire service experts, including one who literally “wrote the book” on public education. The dates are April 30, May 1, 2, 7, and 8, at the Downers Grove Fire Dept. Go to the IFIA website to register.


For those interested in Fire Inspector 1, those dates are April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2. Contact the IFIA office if you are interested in this class taught by fire inspectors, each with multiple years of expertise.


There is a new animated timeline for fires and sprinklers! Check it out. Hopefully it will enhance your safety messaging.


Upcoming events – additional information is available on our website at


January 26       mini seminar and meeting

February 23     mini seminar at Top Golf in Naperville on Chapter 34 of the IBC

March 21-23    IFIA Combined Conference in East Peoria

April/May        Inspector 1

April/May        PFLSE course