Fire Inspectors Association Honors EIU for Fire Safety

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CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University has received statewide recognition for its proactive approach to fire safety on campus.

An Eastern Illinois University press release reported that the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association presented the university with a Corporate Award during the association's recent Fire Prevention Week luncheon and meeting.

Bob Morris, executive director of the association, said the group annually honors emergency personnel, children, young adults, adults and corporations who have greatly enhanced or contributed to local fire prevention efforts in their community.

Eastern Illinois University was recognized for having been the first state university to achieve complete compliance of the Fire Sprinkler Dormitory Act.

Enacted in January 2005, this act required all on-campus housing at post-secondary institutions to have fire sprinklers installed by 2013.

In January 2011, the state further enacted the Greek Housing Fire Safety Act, requiring all Greek housing to install fire sprinkler systems by 2019.

The university began its efforts in 2000 with the installation of fire sprinklers in Pemberton Hall, the oldest woman's residence hall in Illinois.

The first Greek housing was retrofitted with sprinklers in 2002.

Eastern Illinois University finished its work in summer 2012 by making installations in Ford, McKinney and Weller halls.

The university spent more than $10.5 million dollars on the total multi-year project, which involved the installation of fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems in all 28 of the university's residential buildings on campus.

Gary Hanebrink, safety officer at EIU, along with William Weber, vice president for business affairs at EIU, accepted the association's award on behalf of the university.

"We're grateful for the award and what it represents," Hanebrink said. "It's a validation of the efforts Eastern has made to provide a safe, secure environment for our students and visitors."

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