EIU VP for Business Affairs William Weber (left) and EIU Safety Officer Gary
Hanebrink (center) receive the IFIA’s Corporate Award
from IFIA President Joey Jeraminas (right).[/caption] At the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association‘s (IFIA) annual luncheon/meeting during Fire Prevention Week, the IFIA awarded Eastern Illinois University (EIU) with a Corporate Award for its proactive completion of fire sprinkler retrofits in the university’s residence halls. The IFIA’s award recognizes emergency personnel, children, young adults, adults and corporations who have greatly enhanced or contributed to local fire prevention efforts in their communities. EIU received the award as the first public university to achieve complete compliance with the Fire Sprinkler Dormitory Act (Public Act 093-0887), which was enacted in 2005 and requires all on-campus housing at Illinois post-secondary educational institutions to have fire sprinklers installed by 2013. According to an EIU press release, Eastern’s first fire sprinkler retrofit began in 2000 in Pemberton Hall, which is the oldest women’s residence hall in Illinois. Also, the first Greek housing was retrofitted in 2005, well before the state’s 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. EIU was well ahead of deadline with retrofitting its residence halls and finished all projects by the summer of 2012 with the completion of Ford, McKinney, and Weller Halls. Now, all 28 residence halls are protected from fire with fire alarms and fire sprinklers. “We’re grateful for the award and what it represents,” said  EIU Safety Officer Gary Hanebrink, who accepted the award with EIU Vice President for Business Affairs William Weber. “It’s a validation of the efforts Eastern has made to provide a safe, secure environment for our students and visitors.]]>