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Fire chief who championed for sprinkler requirements witnesses the fruits of his labor

By Fred Durso, Jr. More than 25 years ago, Long Grove, Illinois, became the first Chicagoland community with an ordinance in accordance with NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, an effort led by Fire Chief Dave Grupp. On August 21, 2000, Clarendon Hills became the fifth of what is now more than 90 towns and fire districts in Illinois to require fire sprinklers in new homes. What’s so special about this town? Upscale Clarendon Hills was the first “tear down and rebuild” community located in the inner ring of mature Chicago suburbs to consider a home…

Source:: NFPA – Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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