IL Fire Inspectors Association Update

Discussion created by ssawyer on Jan 9, 2020

 by Robert Morris


In December we swore in our new slate of officers. They are Jamie Brown, New Lenox; Jay Atherton, Palatine; Mary Ludeman, Plainfield; Mike Rons, Schaumburg. Welcome them when you next see them. Serving on the Board is a five-year volunteer commitment to help this Association grow, and to help you.




 Being sworn in by the New Lenox Fire Chief Adam Riegel are Mike Rons, Jay Atherton, Jamie Brown, and Mary Kay Ludeman.


Our annual (since 1976) Fire and Life Safety Conference will be held March 18 – 20 in East Peoria. Our keynote speaker is Burt Clark, PhD, on the American Fire Culture in 21st Century. On Thursday we have Tom Polera to talk about a community education training program for active shooter events – The First 12 Minutes, and Tonya Hoover, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy.


Our pre-conference, on Tuesday afternoon, – which is free to IFIA members, will be on Community Risk Reduction. The presentation will be by Beverly Walker.


Room Reservations for Conference can be made by calling 1-800-547-0711 and referencing code 0317FIA or by going to and typing in 0317FIA. Detailed conference flyer, and registration information, can be found at



Leaving us at the end of last November was Marcia Michehl. She has been the “voice” you hear at the office for around 25 years. She has worked with us in four of the six locations the office has had in its existence. We thank her for her years of service and wish her well with her future endeavors.


For those looking for additional training – at any hour of the day, we have a link on our website to the Jensen Hughes Academy. IFIA members can receive a discount on classes. You simply pick the topic of interest and log in anytime of the day.


The IFIA is offering two Office of the State Fire Marshal certification classes this Spring. Inspector 1 will be held in Palatine - February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3 and the Public Fire and Life Safety Educator will be held in Downers Grove - April 27, 28, 29 May 4, 5. For registration information see our website at


We have made some minor adjustments in our monthly meetings and trainings, starting January

of 2020. Our starting time for seminars/meeting will remain the same at 0830. Previously when the seminar was finished, we held our meeting and then had lunch. Beginning this month that will change. We will not be providing lunch, rather, we will be offering a continental breakfast. Registration and breakfast will be from 0800 – 0830. At 0830 we will hold our business meeting. Following that will be the training session. Whenever that training is completed, we are finished with the day. We believe this change will be more efficient for the attendees.


For ICC preferred provided credits and seminar certificates, we are required to have attendees sign in AND out. We have tried for a couple of months to catch up on some that did not sign out. Beginning January 2020, if you did not sign in or out, you will not receive a certificate of attendance.


The Rockford Fire Department and Elk Grove Fire Departments are hosting Youth Fire Setter Intervention Program classes for the Office of the State Fire Marshal. 


Date & Time:     March 12 & 13, 2020 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Thursday & Friday)

Place:                  Rockford Fire Department

                               204 S. First Street

                               Rockford, IL  61104

 **Sign-In is from 8:00 am to 8:30 am on Thursday, March 12**



Date & Time:     April 2 & 3, 2020 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (Thursday & Friday)

Place:                    Elk Grove Village Fire Department – Station 8

                                700 Fargo

                                Elk Grove Village, IL  60007

**Sign-In is from 8:00 am to 8:30 am on Thursday, April 2**


There is a fee of $100 per student for this classes. Please make the check payable to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and mail it to the Office, prior to the training date:


Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal

Arson Division – YFSIP

1035 Stevenson Drive

Springfield, IL  62703


For further information on either of these classes, please feel free to call me at (217) 782-9116.

Simony Weyforth

Youth Fire Setter Program Coordinator



Check the website for the following upcoming events:

  • IL Accessibility Code and the Inspector – January 24
  • Inspector 1, Palatine - February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3
  • Fire and Life Safety conference in East Peoria - March 18 – 20, 2020, with the free pre-conference on the 17th
  • Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, Downers Grove - April 27, 28, 29 May 4, 5