Board Message Posted July 2022

THANK YOU!!! Due to you support of the IFIA, and liking popcorn, we were able to raise over
$1,250 for our scholarship program. This means that beginning in 2023, one deserving individual
will be admitted to the Fire Inspector 1, Fire Inspector 2, and Public Fire and Life Safety classes.
There will be an application process and people will be selected from that. The details and
application will be shortly, so the committee will have time to review the submissions and notify
the winners. Once again, thank you, and we hope you continue to fund future scholarship

We really need help assisting with the fire inspector’s day at the State Fair on August 21 st . We
will provide gate and parking passes for those attending. Tent hours are from 10 – 4. You do not
need to work the entire time. We are only asking for a few hours to assist in promoting fire
safety. Then, you have the opportunity to enjoy the other attractions at the State Fair. Just let our
office know that you can assist the Board in this important event.
With the retirement of Matt Perez as Fire Marshal at the end of June, we welcome Acting Fire
Marshal Dale Simpson. Dale has been with the OSFM for many years, and will serve will in his
new capacity.

Our awards program is a year-round program. Throughout the year we accept nominations for
anyone who is deserving recognition for going above and beyond. It is also possible to nominate
civilians or businesses. Check out our webpage for awards and descriptions. Awards will be
presented in the Fall.

To see the latest in the State for CRR, visit their website at For those on
Facebook, they have a page on there as well for you to follow. Just enter Illinois Community
Risk Reduction in the search box.

Check the website for the following upcoming events:
August 21 – Fire Safety Exhibit at the State Fair
October 28 – mini-seminar: Accessibility update
November – “Did You Know” mini-seminar


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