Barrington Countryside Fire Protection Districts demonstrated the importance of home sprinkler systems and awarded those who have championed legislative change on Saturday, May 19th, at Station 1 in Lake Barrington.
Fire Chief Jim Kreher shared the facts and stressed the importance of legislation in support of sprinkler systems:
- 117 deaths since January 2017
- Better public safety
- Increased property values
- Reduced insurance cost
- Better water usage
- Less damage before emergency response
- Protects firefighters and fire safety personnel
In 1988, Long Grove was the first municipality in Illinois to pass an ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in new home construction. Retired Fire Chief Dave Grupp of the Long Grove Fire Protection District was honored at Saturday's event along with local villages that followed their early lead.
Now over 100 Illinois municipalities have adopted similar legislation. In attendance were leaders from fire districts across the state and from the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) including Mike Mavrogeorge, Fire Chief & Emergency Management Director at the St.Louis Downtown Airport and Chairman of the Illinois Fire Services Association; Phil Zalesky, Executive Director of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Illinois fire safety alliance; and Tom Lia Executive Director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB).
Leaders stressed that: Fire Sprinklers Save Lives!
The advice shared included replacing old smoke detectors with new long-term battery detectors. They also encouraged support of updated legislation at the state and local level.
After the speeches and presentation of awards, the local Barrington Countryside Fire Personnel demonstrated a side-by-side demonstration of the speed and damage difference between fires started by a candle in residential rooms with and without residential sprinkler systems. Within two minutes the room without sprinklers was completed engulfed in flames. Total devastation before emergency responders would have the opportunity to arrive on site.
About the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD): Established in 1940, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District provides fire and emergency medical service to residents in portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake, and McHenry Counties. For more information on District activities and events, visit www.bcfpd.org or call 224-848-4800.
About the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB): NIFSAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting progressive legislation, raising public awareness, and educating code officials and governmental policy makers by demonstrating the proven performance of fire sprinklers in saving both lives and property. For more info, visit www.firesprinklerassoc.org.