MONTHLY BOARD MESSAGE

Hello everyone, my name is James “Jamie” Brown, the 2020 IFIA President. I am the Fire
Marshal for the New Lenox Fire District. For the last five years I have been the chairman of the
Certification Committee for the IFIA.


We have some new things on tap for the IFIA this year. There are some new prices for the

mini seminars and membership – see more a bit later in this article. Also, we are continuing our
partnership with the Jensen Hughes Academy. This is where you can get CE towards your Inspector 1 certification at any hour of the day. In March we will be having our annual Fire & Life Safety Conference in East Peoria. The conference committee scheduled some very exciting topics for those in the “Codes” side and for those in the “Fire and Life Safety” side. There is much more later in this newsletter. Our theme for the conference is “Our Vision for Illinois is 20/20”. Please visit Illinoisfireinspectors.org for more information. Please if you have any questions please contact me at james.brown@illinoisfireinspectors.org, or any of our board members. Have a happy and fire safe new year.


James Brown
President, IFIA

Welcome our new elected 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 help you.


Their swearing in occurred in December at our holiday luncheon which was well attended. We also need to thank those who contributed items at the tables or for the raffles. If anyone was overlooked, our apologies, but we had items from Jensen Hughes, IL chapter of NFSA,
Crosspoints, NIFSAB, B and F Code Services, and Promos911. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Please note some changes regarding our meetings and costs:


Starting January 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 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. Any time that training is completed, we are finished with the day. We believe this change will be more efficient for the attendees.


With costs rising, and in an effort to keep costs affordable to the members, we have made some changes starting in January. For IFIA members, and members means anyone in the Department or Municipality, mini seminars will stay at $50 for the first member and $25 for additional. For anyone who just wants to attend the continental breakfast and meeting, that cost is $15. For non-members the breakfast/seminar cost is $75. For anyone not registered, the cost is $75. When we offer full day seminars, that cost will increase slightly to $100. Beginning in 2021, dues will increase to $100 for members, and $150 for Associate members.


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.


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 21 st Century. On Thursday we have Tom Polera to talk about a community education training 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.

 

There is an attachment with a simple rundown of all of the proposed topics. Registration is available on the website now, and you can also begin to reserve your room at the Par-a-Dice Hotel 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.


The Rockford Fire Department is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Youth Fire Setter Intervention Program class for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  Here is the training information:
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**
Please remember to go to the OSFM Website if you wish to register for this class! https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/sfm/Events/Pages/YFSIPClassRockford_2020-03-12.aspx There is a fee of $100 per student for this class. 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, please feel free to call me at (217) 782-9116.


The Elk Grove Village Fire Department is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Youth Fire Setter Intervention Program class for the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  Here is the training information:
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**

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/sfm/Events/Pages/YFSIPClassElkGroveVillage_2020-04-02.aspx There is a fee of $100 per student for this class. 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.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Elk Grove Village!
Simony Weyforth
Youth Fire Setter Program Coordinator
Simony.weyforth@illinois.gov


The following are the latest recalls from the Consumer Products Safety Commission:


Recalled Products Sold by T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods After Recalls Were Announced: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Recalled-Products-Sold-by-T-J-Maxx-Marshalls-and-HomeGoods-After-Recalls-Were-Announced

 

Mark Feldstein & Associates Recalls Stacked Gourd Jack-O-Lantern Decorations Due to Fire Hazard: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Mark-Feldstein-Associates-Recalls-Stacked-Gourd-Jack-O-Lantern-Decorations-Due-to-Fire-Hazard

 

Stanley Black & Decker Recalls Wooden Handle Nailing Hammer Due to Injury Hazard: 
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Stanley-Black-Decker-Recalls-Wooden-Handle-Nailing-Hammer-Due-to-Injury-Hazard

 

Profile Design Recalls Bicycle Carbon Aerobars Due to Crash Hazard:
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Profile-Design-Recalls-Bicycle-Carbon-Aerobars-Due-to-Crash-Hazard

 

Bass Pro Recalls MR. STEAK™ Gas Grills Due to Fire Hazard: 
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Bass-Pro-Recalls-MR-STEAK-Gas-Grills-Due-to-Fire-Hazard

 

Hillsdale Furniture Recalls Five-Drawer Chests Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards: 

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Hillsdale-Furniture-Recalls-Five-Drawer-Chests-Due-to-Tip-Over-and-Entrapment-Hazards

 

J. Crew Recalls Boys Denim Pants Due to Aspiration and Choking Hazards:
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/J-Crew-Recalls-Boys-Denim-Pants-Due-to-Aspiration-and-Choking-Hazards

 

Hallmark Recalls Candles Due to Fire and Laceration Hazards:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Hallmark-Recalls-Candles-Due-to-Fire-and-Laceration-Hazards

Bosch Thermotechnology Recalls Buderus Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard: 

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Bosch-Thermotechnology-Recalls-Buderus-Boilers-Due-to-Carbon-Monoxide-Poisoning-Hazard 

 

Toysmith Recalls Light-Up Magic Wands Due to Choking and Ingestion Hazards: 
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Toysmith-Recalls-LightUp-Magic-Wands-Due-to-Choking-and-Ingestion-Hazards

 

BCI Burke Recalls Merge Playground Climbers Due to Entrapment Hazard: 

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/BCI-Burke-Recalls-Merge-Playground-Climbers-Due-to-Entrapment-Hazard

 

BMC Recalls Bicycles and Framesets Due to Fall Hazard: 
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/BMC-Recalls-Bicycles-and-Framesets-Due-to-Fall-Hazard

 

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

 

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