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2020 Fire Prevention
Mission Statement To prevent the loss of life and damage to property through effective and efficient enforcement of state fire safety codes.
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Conduct inspections and enforce the fire prevention codes of Illinois with the goal of minimizing or eliminating losses of life and property due to fire.
    1. Complete fire prevention inspections, inspections of public schools, and inspections of mobile home parks as mandated by filling all the inspector vacancies.
    2. Issue letters of compliance or notice of violations as the result of fire prevention inspection of selected facilities (e.g., day care centers, residential board and care homes, hotels and motels, adult educational occupancies, pari-mutuel race tracks, prisons, liquid petroleum (LP) gas tanks, permanently moored vessels, etc.).
    3. Meet and consult with state agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Department on Aging, Department of Children and Family Services, Commerce Commission, Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services, Racing Board, and State Board of Education on fire code enforcement, rule development, and other public safety issues.
  2. Conduct training of all fire prevention inspectors to ensure their familiarity with the latest standards and regulations for the inspection of facilities within their jurisdictions.
    1. Conduct fire code enforcement practices and procedures training and identify new materials and methods for fire protection systems for fire prevention inspectors.
    2. Conduct annual fire prevention training sessions at one location for all fire prevention inspectors to ensure uniformity of fire code enforcement practices.
  3. Oversee a comprehensive Fire Safety licensing program throughout the state.
    1. Provide licensing of fire equipment distributors and their employees to install and maintain fixed suppression systems and to provide maintenance and testing of portable fire extinguishers in accordance with state statute and applicable administrative codes.
    2. Oversee The Sprinkler Contractor licensing program throughout the state.
    3. Oversee the Pyrotechnic Operator and Distributor licensing program.
Source of Funds Fire Prevention Fund Statutory Authority 225 ILCS, 425 ILCS, 430 ILCS
Fiscal Year 2021 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2020 Actual Fiscal Year 2020 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2019 Actual Fiscal Year 2018 Actual
Input Indicators
Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) $ 5,558.0 $ 4,327.5 $ 5,340.6 $ 4,447.2 $ 4,213.3
Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) $ 5,558.0 $ 4,327.5 $ 5,340.6 $ 4,447.2 $ 4,213.3
Average monthly full-time equivalents 29 23 31 24 21
Output Indicators
Total number of fire prevention inspections conducted 10,750 11,023 11,500 11,569 9,502
Outcome Indicators
Percentage of licensing requests received from other state agencies that are completed by the Division of Fire Prevention in a manner to allow timely responses/results to the requesting agency 80 % 80 % 80 % 80 % 80 %
Percentage of Life Safety Code violations identified during primary occupancy inspections that are corrected as determined by subsequent re-inspections/re-contacts 60 % 60 % 50 % 46 % 32 %
Percentage of annual school inspections completed within the statutorily mandated one-year time frame (a) 65 % 71 % 80 % 79 % 65 %
Fiscal year 2020 inspections were lower and fiscal year 2021 inspections are anticipated to be lower due to the suspension of some inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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