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Telecommunications Week in Illinois

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are joining together to recognize and honor all Illinois telecommunicators. Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed April 14-20, 2024, as Telecommunications Week in Illinois in recognition of the vital contributions telecommunicators make to the safety and well-being of Illinoisans.

April is National Safe Digging Month

It's the time of year when temperatures increase in many parts of the country and spring digging projects begin. April is an important time to remember how important it is to contact 811 at least a few days before putting a shovel in the ground. 

In Illinois, JULIE…which stands for Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators…is a not-for-profit organization that acts as the communication source to notify utility companies that someone is planning a project that requires digging. Utility companies or their representatives will then come out and mark where their underground utility lines are located before anyone ever puts a shovel in the ground.

For the past 50 years, JULIE has made safe digging a priority so the services that are critical to our communities…like electricity, natural gas, water, communications, Internet, and more… flow uninterrupted. And the residents of Illinois are protected.

Whether you’re planting, building, adding, or fixing anything outdoors, all you have to do is to contact JULIE before you dig. The service is FREE and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

​Fallen Firefighter Memorial & Firefighter Medal Of Honor Ceremony

The 31st Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony is set for Tuesday, May 14th.

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial service will be held at the firefighter memorial on the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol beginning at 10 AM. Following the ceremony at the capitol, the Medal of Honor Ceremony will take place at the Bank of Springfield Center. 

"Be Alarmed!" 2023 Impact Report

“Be Alarmed!” is a fire safety education and smoke alarm installation program administered cooperatively between Camp I Am Me (CIAM) and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM). The program distributes fire safety education materials and 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms to fire departments in the state of Illinois. The fire departments then deliver the education while installing smoke alarms in at-risk homes within their communities. Both the educational materials and smoke alarms are provided at no cost as a result of funding from both the CIAM and OSFM.

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