Illinois Fire Inspectors Association

Discussion created by ssawyer on Oct 5, 2018

The IFIA took the summer off for routine meetings and seminars, but were busy with other activities. We partnered with the Illinois Automatic Fire Alarm Association for our annual golf outing which was a success with almost 80 in attendance. We also staffed the fire safety tent at the State Fair. We have been taking one day of the fair for over 40 years. Unfortunately the entire Fair attendance was down, and that was reflected in the turnout at the tent. We offered a State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector 1 certification class, trying a new facility and presenting the class for in a different format in an effort to increase the attendance. 


The Codes committee is looking for additional AHJ members. This committee meets once every two months, and is responsible for the monthly mini-seminars and for speakers for the Fire and Life Safety Conference.


The IFIA is also seeking applications for the position of Treasurer. This position has four years as an elected Board member, and one year as Past President.


The annual Fire and Life Safety Conference is taking place March 20-22. The conference will be held in East Peoria at the Par-a-Dice Casino/Hotel. Due to popularity, we will also be doing a half-day preconference on Tuesday afternoon, which will be on Human Behavior in Fire. This is free to IFIA members. Our two conference keynotes will be for Wednesday, two survivors from the Seton Hall fire who will talk about going from Fire Survivors to Fire Safety Educators, and Thursday we will have Sara Gura to talk about firefighter mental health. Other topics to be presented are Avoiding Legal Problems, The Fire Sprinkler Decision Tree, Crowd Management, CRR for any size Department, What You Need to Know About School Inspections, An IL Case Study on High School Lab Risks, How to Effectively Message Your Information to the Community, Dementia, When a Cluttered Home Turns into Hoarding.


We continue to partner with the National Fire Sprinkler Association in offering classes. Two of them are: Sprinkler System Plan Review in New Lenox on October 29 - 30, 2018, and Rough & Final Inspections for Fire Sprinkler Systems in New Lenox on November 14, 2018. Additional information is available by contacting our office.


There is still a lot of time for fire prevention activities, and the IFIA has three fire sprinkler trailers that are available for use. They can be rented by any Illinois fire department. To secure any of them just contact our office at 224-387-3340. If you have never used them a short review of the operation may be required. The rental of any unit is $150, however, if you are a current member of the IFIA we will reduce the rental price to $50. To become an IFIA member department, for only $95, contact our office at 224-387-3340.


The ICC 2021 Code Proposals Public Comment Hearings will take place October 24th - 31st in Richmond, Virginia. While there are many important proposals the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) is prepared to take action on, there are three issues it considers to be of particular importance, "Valet Trash," "Tall Wood Buildings," and "Exterior Wall Fire Spread." NASFM has developed Position Statements for each of these including the issue, background, and recommended actions. Please see the corresponding link below for each of the detailed statements.


It is important that you review each issue and take the time to either vote in person at the Proposed Code Hearings, or with an electronic vote in cdpACCESS. If you have any questions please contact Jon Narva, NASFM Director of External Relations at


If you are a member of the ICC, you have access to the Technical Opinion Service – an exclusive benefit of ICC membership. The Technical Opinion Service on the International Codes is an exclusive benefit of ICC Membership, and provides prompt and reliable information to assist in the application of the ICC family of codes.



   October 26th is our Fire Prevention luncheon.

  •   November 16th is our “Did You Know” mini-seminar consists of multiple short topics. The presentations are:
  • Low Frequency Sounders
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Inspector Recertification
  • Similarities between the IFC, IPC and the IPMC
  • Illinois Accessibility Code Update
  • After Event Check List
  • NFPA 13D Update
  • Variable Speed Fire Pump and Jockey Pump Controllers
  • Requirements for Refueling at Electric, Natural Gas and Hydrogen Stations
  •     December 21st is our holiday meeting. At that time we will be swearing in new Board Officers.