By Robert Morris
Our summer golf outing with the IL Automatic Fire Alarm Association was a big success. We had almost 90 golfers and could not have ordered better weather.
Our annual Fire Prevention luncheon was moved up a month to September, due to the plans most fire departments have in October. D/C Dan Turner was recognized with a Chief’s award, as were three children, one adult, and one corporation.
See the link for the Great Lakes Regional Safety Summit coming up in November! It is being held in Valparaiso, Indiana. It is free to attend, and lunch or dinner is included. The summit is being offered on two separate days to accommodate schedules. Friday will be a more in-depth version of Thursday. Attendees are encouraged to attend one or both days if desired. See the following link for additional information:
As a reminder, the IFIA has a link on the website to “ask an expert”. If you have an unusual or difficult question that you might like some advice one, try this out. While the answer is completely “unofficial” and is the opinions of those on the code committee, it may help with your question. One recent NW suburban fire department utilized this service and responded - “Thank you for the information. This is the first time I used the “ask an expert” feature on the IFIA website, and it has been extremely helpful!”
An example of an Ask An Expert answer regarding “cushions” for fire sprinkler systems is as follows:
…further, on page 27 of the 2016 edition of the Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook, the FAQ in the side margin states that a safety factor is not required to be applied to either the water supply or the system demand. It goes on to state that it is good to have a safety factor (but it is not required by the body of the standard). It also goes on to state that when comparing the system demand to the available water supply, the designer should determine the reasonable worst-case available supply.
One fairly normal provision is to require 10% of the available pressure at the system demand including hose streams – and if there is a fire pump, the cushion for the pump performance needs to be 5% since NFPA 25 does not require that an owner “do anything” until his pump performance degrades to 95% during annual flow testing.
Designing systems with no cushion results in under designed systems down the road.
We recently found out that Tim Lia has resigned from the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB), after 20 years. Tom has been relentless in his belief and pursuit of fire sprinklers. Prior to NIFSAB he was with the Orland Fire Protection District. It was in that capacity that he served on the IFIA Board and served as its President. While at NIFSAB his support of the IFIA was also evident. Good luck on your new ventures, Tom. Filling Tom’s position will be Erik Hoffer. Erik is well familiar with the sprinkler industry, and has worked at NIFSAB for two years.
Our annual (since 1976) Fire and Life Safety Conference will be held March 18 – 20 in East Peoria. Put this in the budget now. Our keynote is Burt Clark, PhD, on the American Fire Culture in 21st Century. On Thursday we have Tom Polera to talk about a community education program for active shooter events.
Our pre-conference – which is free to IFIA members, will be on Community Risk Reduction, and the presentation will be by Beverly Walker.
Registration will be on the website soon, but you can begin to reserve your room now through the methods below.
Room Reservations for Conference can be made by calling 1-800-547-0711 and referencing code 0317FIA or by going to http://www.paradicecasino.com/groups and typing in 0317FIA.
A message from NFPA:
This morning I stumbled upon a video going around of an unmanned hot air balloon filled with fireworks in Myanmar that (completely unforeseeably) catches on fire in mid-air, crashes, and sends massive amounts of fireworks into the crowd. Sure it has all the makings of a viral, click-bait, video, but it brings to mind a more important question… how many FDs are 1) familiar with Diwali and 2) have plans to engage your local Hindu community to ensure the celebration remain safe?
If you aren’t familiar: Diwali (W’s are typically pronounced as V’s so phonetically D’Vall’e) is the annual Festival of Lights typically celebrated in the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faith communities, but may be celebrated in other faith communities originating in Southeast Asia too, as it is often a widely celebrated national holiday. This year it falls on Sunday October 27th. Here is a pretty decent overview: https://www.almanac.com/content/diwali Since it is the festival of lights it is often accompanied by the lighting of “crackers” (aka Fireworks), candles, and other lamps.
“Diwali (also called Divali or Deepavali) is a “festival of lights” that celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment. The name comes from Sanskrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” On the night of Diwali, celebrants light dozens of candles and clay lamps (called diyas), placing them throughout their homes and in the streets to light up the dark night.”
So you can likely see why more and more fire departments are becoming aware of and increasing their engagement with the communities that recognize and celebrate Diwali. In the UK the Fire Rescue Services across the country have had active safety campaigns for a while now, here is one example: https://www.kent.fire-uk.org/your-safety/home-safety/a-z-of-safety-what-are-the-risks/celebrations-or-religious-observance/diwali-festival-of-lights/
This is the time, if you haven’t already, to reach out to members of your southeast Asian community to see about how your fire department can help them celebrate safely… and perhaps build some bridges that you may not have already had.
Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Data & Analytics | NFPA
Illinois has passed a Department of Agriculture law that requires kennels to have a fire alarm or sprinkler system if they don't have someone onsite at all times when dogs/cats are there. A fire inspector is not required to inspect, but may do so "during the course of performing routine inspections".
A report from the Network for Public Health Law states that there have been no Reported Cases in the United States Hold Nonprofit Organizations, Including Fire Departments, Liable for Damages as a Result of Smoke Alarm Installation. The full report is available from the Network for Public Health Law at https://www.networkforphl.org/_asset/4cttgz/Report_Smoke-Alarm-Installation-Liability-7-3-19.pdf
See the link for the NFPA Great Lakes Regional Safety Summit coming up in November! It is being held in Valparaiso, Indiana. It is free to attend, and lunch or dinner is included. The summit is being offered on two separate days to accommodate schedules. Friday will be a more in-depth version of Thursday. Attendees are encouraged to attend one or both days if desired. See the following link for additional information:
Our next regular meeting will be October 25 and it will be on lithium batteries. This issue is becoming a bigger issue daily, so this is one not to miss. Also not to be missed is our popular Did You Know seminar prior to our November meeting. This is where multiple speakers will present an overview of a topic for 15 – 20 minutes. If you would like additional follow up, they will be there after the talk for you.
For those looking for an FLSE certification class, one will be held November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, in Evanston. Registration is available on the IFIA website.
Check the website for the following upcoming events:
November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 – FLSE at Evanston
October 25 – Mini seminar on Lithium batteries and meeting
November 22 Did You Know Mini seminar and meeting
December 20 Holiday luncheon
March 18 – 20, 2020, with the pre-conference on the 17th, for our annual Fire and Life Safety conference in East Peoria.