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Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition

The purpose of the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition is to increase awareness about the home fire problem in Illinois and to encourage the use of fire sprinklers to save lives and prevent injuries for both residents and firefighters alike. To join the coalition or for more information, contact NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative.

Fire Marshal's Advocacy Efforts Lead to Fire Sprinkler Requirement

Advocacy efforts by Greg Marty, fire marshal for Rock Island, Illinois, help pass fire sprinkler requirement

Rock Island is a town within the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa. This Illinois gem distinguished itself from its neighbors in 2017 by passing a requirement to sprinkler its new homes. NFPA recently interviewed Rock Island's fire marshal, Greg Marty, about tactics that led to the passage and how he and local sprinkler supporters have responded to pushback from the homebuilding industry. Read the full interview. Also, watch this news clip highlighting home fire sprinkler installation costs in Rock Island.

Wounded Veteran Celebrates New Home with Fire Sprinklers

Home for our Troops recipient receives a sprinklered home

Air Force Captain Anthony Simone, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a rescue helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010, moved into a new home equipped with fire sprinklers. The Manhattan, Illinois, home was made possible by Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for veterans.

 Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition appCoalition Launches Sprinkler App!

The Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition has developed a mobile app to educate the public and elected officials on home fire sprinklers. The app offers: 

  • direct, online access to NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes
  • plans and specifications to build your own NFPA 13D simulator display
  • sprinkler YouTube videos and public service announcements
  • a how-to on conducting a sprinkler open house event
  • house blueprint with properly located fire sprinklers

The app is available in the Google Android Play Store. Search “Illinois Coalition.” Download it today. 

Coalition Members

Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts
Illinois Fire Chiefs Association
Illinois Fire Inspectors Association
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
Illinois Fire Service Institute
Illinois Firefighter's Association
Illinois Professional Firefighters Association
Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors
Mutual Aid Box Alarm System
Northern Illinois Alliance of Fire Protection Districts
National Fire Protection Association
Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

Sprinkler Successes in Illinois

Illinois has more than 100 communities that have adopted sprinkler ordinances in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board, understands the effectiveness of sprinkler advocacy, and works in conjunction with fire service and life safety officials to underscore the necessity of sprinkler requirements.

Lia was also profiled in a 2014 story in NFPA Journal highlighting key sprinkler advocates from across North America. Download Lia's profile for more information on his state's successful advocacy tactics.

Illinois Village Board Amends Sprinkler Ordinance To Updated Version of International Fire Code
“Residential fire sprinklers are a good, preventive measure,” said Bridgeview (Illinois) Fire Chief Michael Daly in a recent article in Suburban Chicagoland. Chief Daly was reacting to the good news that the Bridgeview village board took steps at their June 2020 meeting to ensure continued safety for its residents by unanimously approving amending the sprinkler ordinance requiring home fire sprinklers in new construction and manufactured housing, as well as homes with new additions and major rehab work. The ordinance realigns the village code language with the International Fire Code, 15 years after Bridgeview originally passed its zero square foot ordinance requiring sprinklers in all new construction, commercial, and residential. Read the full blog.

Coalition Resources

This public service announcement created for the Illinois Fire Sprinkler Coalition highlights the stark differences between a room on fire with a sprinkler system and a room without.

Residential Fire Facts

From January 1, 2007, to September 5, 2011:

  • There have been 413 civilian and five Illinois fire service fatalities as a result of residential fires.
  • Property loss for Illinois residential fires totaled more than $1.2 billion.
  • It was reported that smoke detectors did not alert occupants 41 percent of the time.
  • More fires started in the kitchen and involved cooking.
  • Automatic extinguishing systems were not present in most fires reported.