George Michehl[/caption] Deputy Fire Marshal George Michehl retired in August after nine years with the Buffalo Grove Fire Department. Prior to joining the department, Michehl spent over 28 years with the Glenview Fire Department (and Glenbrook Fire Protection District). In addition to educating his local community with educational materials and side-by-side demonstrations, Michehl had been a proponent of home fire sprinklers both on a state and national level during his tenure in the fire service. He voiced support for home fire sprinklers both in his seven years as executive director of the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and through his appointment to the Fire Service Membership Council – Governing Committee for the International Code Council (ICC). Through his leadership positions, Michehl was involved with the passage of Illinois’ fire-safe cigarettes legislation and the Greek Housing Fire Safety Act (Public Act 096-1303), which was enacted on January 1, 2011, and requires fire sprinklers in all Greek housing by January 1, 2019. He has also lobbied to ban novelty lighters. In 2011, Michehl was awarded the Excellence in Fire & Life Safety Award, sponsored by the ICC and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Fire & Life Safety Section for his dedication to saving lives and property through the development of codes, fire-prevention practices and leadership techniques. In Illinois, Michehl was also awarded for his dedication to fire prevention, life safety, and education, earning the Dick Arthur Lifetime Achievement Award from the IFIA in 2013. In his retirement from the fire service, Michehl will continue to make a difference in the fire safety world as he has taken on a part-time plan examiner/field inspector position with Fire Safety Consultants, Inc. “George Michehl has had a large impact on the inclusion of home fire sprinklers in codes and ordinances not only locally through his consultation with Chicagoland communities as a former executive director of the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association, but also nationally through his involvement with the International Code Council,” says¬†NIFSAB Executive Director Tom Lia. “We congratulate him on his retirement from the fire service and look forward to a continuation of his home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts in his new fire safety consulting position.”  ]]>