Fire sprinkler valve donation provides learning opportunity
January 31, 2013 9:16AM
Pictured (from left) are Tom Augustyn, Thomas Lia, Eric Radtke, Dean Townsend, Paul Rosenthal, Jerry Kennedy, Chad Vlietstra, Patty Zuccarello, Bill Brei, Marie Hansel and Rich Atwood. | Supplied Photo
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:06AM
Students in Prairie State College’s fire science program will be able to see how a fire sprinkler system works before encountering one at a fire thanks to a fire sprinkler valve prop donation from the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board to PSC’s Fire Academy.
It was a group effort to make the donation to the school, with Reliable Fire Sprinkler providing the valve and Fire Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 building the pedestal and assembling it.
“It will be so valuable for our students to see how a fire sprinkler system actually works and to do so in class,” PSC fire science coordinator Chad Vlietstra said. “This donation will help the instructors better explain fire sprinkling and detection.”
Thomas Lia, NIFSAB executive director, said the board offers assistance and donations to programs dedicated to teaching fire science.
“We understand the value of students having equipment they can actually handle and manipulate,” Lia said.
The NIFSAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting progressive legislation, raising public awareness and educating code officials and governmental policy makers by demonstrating the proven performance of fire sprinklers in saving both lives and property, board officials said.
“Donations of equipment or material provide valuable learning opportunities which are beyond the college’s budget,” PSC Foundation executive director Cathy Killian Kloss said. “We are grateful for this wonderful generosity, and we encourage other local individuals, businesses and organizations to consider donating in this special way. Such donations are tax-deductible, too.”
PSC’s fire science program prepares students for careers in fire science with a combination of classroom learning and simulated fire situations, where students practice the skills they have been taught.
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