Board Message Posted November 2021

Last month, Fire Prevention awards were given to several people. The President’s award was given

to Craig Studer, Jensen Hughes, for his years of work with the Code and Professional Development

Committee for putting the monthly on-going training together. An Achievement was given to Glenn

Rosecrans, Normal FD, for work at their organization, specifically renovation of the former Mitsubishi

Motors Manufacturing plant, a $1.5 billion dollar project. Five civilians from Huntley received Adult

Hero awards for two instances of performing CPR and effecting a positive outcome.


At this month’s meeting we will be electing the officers for the coming year. The slated Board is Jay

Atherton – Palatine, Mike Rons – Schaumburg, May Ludemann – Plainfield, and Dave Wheeler – Oak

Lawn. If anyone has an interest in serving on the Board, contact one of the Board members.


On November 19th, our popular Did You Know? mini-seminar is returning. This gives attendees a chance to hear a little bit about many different topics. Then, if something is of particular interest, you have the ability to follow with the speaker later. The class will be virtual, and only $25 per computer. The classes being offered, and registration, are on our website.


After several years, our By-Laws needed a little tweaking. The Board has reviewed them, suggested some changes, and they were approved at the last membership meeting. Most of the changes were wordsmithing the document, such as removing redundancies and moving items to more appropriate locations. One big change has to do with the make-up of the Board of Directors. One Associate member can be elected to the Board. The new by-laws can be viewed on the website.


After years of dealing with fees for our classes, the Board has determined that all of our monthly classes will increase by $5. This will be effective January 1.





You can now sign up on our website to attend our annual conference. It will be our first in-person event since the pandemic. The location will again be at Par-a-Dice, in East Peoria. A full program with class descriptions, times, dates, etc. should be available in a couple of weeks.


If you are interested in an exhibit table, or in any type of sponsorship, those opportunities will be available early November, also on the website.


Speakers confirmed to date:


Brene Duggins

A four hour “pre-conference” on Stepping Up Your Virtual Fire & Life Safety Activities: Tips, Tricks, and Ideas to Support Face-to-Face Efforts 

Pat Kenny

Stand Up and Be the Best, and Mayday for Mental Health

Steve Chikerotis

            Power of Positivity

Josh Fulbright/Marsha Giesler

            Building Public Partnerships and Relationships for Risk Reduction

Meredith Hawes

            NFPA’s “LiNK”, and other resources

Kamal Alijazireh

            NFPA 30

John Pierce

            Area of Rescue Assistance requirements

FLSE attendees

            A crowd favorite of a round table on current issues and practices

UL – Jennifer William and Sean DeCrane

            Close Before You Doze, and New Smoke Alarm Requirements

Jerry Schultz

            Sprinklers for Product Storage

Karla Klass

            Burn Prevention

Jeffrey Bakken/Dietra Keuster

            Fire Departments Own The Fire; Schools Own The Students

Scott Lang      

            How to Prevent Thermal Runaway in Lithium-ion Batteries

Bob Wetzel

            OSFM licensing 101

Marsha Giesler

            If they are not listening, they are not learning.


The Illinois task force on CRR has been meeting for many months. They have a website In it are many useful State and national resources that you can use for your local CRR efforts. Check out all of the links, we’re sure you will find this helpful.























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

Hobby Lobby Recalls White Wood Stools Due to Fall and Injury Hazards: 


ElliptiGO Recalls Arc Model Stand-Up Bicycles Due to Fall and Injury Hazards: 


Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Tarmac SL7 Bicycles and Framesets Due to Fall and Injury Hazards: 


Walmart Recalls Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Due to Rare and Dangerous Bacteria; Two Deaths Investigated: 


Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Collection Oil & Vinegar Cruets Due to Laceration Hazard: 

Kohl’s Recalls SONOMA Goods For Life Branded Ultimate Oversized Antigravity Chairs Due to Fall Hazard: 


Venom Motorsports Recalls Youth Model All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) Due to Crash Hazard and Violation of Federal Safety Standard; Sold Exclusively on 


Luyuan Recalls Youth All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) Due to Crash Hazard and Violation of Federal ATV Safety Standard: 


Liberty Hardware Recalls Glass Cabinet Knobs Due to Laceration Hazard: 


myCharge Recalls Powerbanks Due to Fire and Burn Hazards: 


5.11 Recalls Tactec Plate Carriers Due to Injury Hazard: 


Magnussen Home Recalls Nova Series 5-Drawer Chests Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards: 


Meridian Furniture Recalls Ottomans Due to Laceration Hazard: 


Power Handles Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Manufactured by Elektron Music Machines: 

Usines Giant Factories Recalls Gas Water Heaters with Emerson Control Valves Due to Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: 



Check the website for the following upcoming events:

Nov 19 – Did You Know? mini-seminar

Jan 21 – NFPA 13 Changes

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