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  • Sprinkler Fitters & Apprentices
    Local 281 of the Chicagoland Area

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Proper and uniform training for persons who desire to become skilled journeymen through an orderly method of improving the mechanical skill and technical knowledge of apprentices in this industry.

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Is your High-Rise building protected from potential death and destruction with a fire sprinkler system? Learn about the benefits of these property and life saving systems today!

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For active participants, retired participants and families, our site houses answers to frequently asked questions, a library of all the documents you need to manage your employee benefits, and more.

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Contractors Permitted to Perform Sprinkler Work - (6/6/2017)

A & A SPRINKLER INC.                                                                       847-947-9473
ADVANCED FIRE PROTECTION                                                     815-478-3777
AFFORDABLE FIRE PROTECTION                                                  708-929-4060
ALERT FIRE PROTECTION, LLC                                                      708-479-4300
AUTOMATIC FIRE  SYSTEMS                                                         815-654-7449
BALDWIN FIRE PROTECTION                                                        219-840-4520
B & K AMERICAN FIRE PROTECTION                                             773-703-3513
BUTLER CORING, INC.                                                                   847-855-6015
C & E FIRE PROTECTION, INC.                                                      630-434-2566
CENTRAL STATES AUTO SPRINKLER                                            708-489-9400
CENTURY AUTOMATIC SPKR.                                                       847-623-9059
CHICAGO FIRE PROTECTION                                                        773-366-3477
COBRA CONCRETE CUTTING                                                        773-775-1111
COLE FIRE PROTECTION                                                                708-259-1756
COMPETITIVE PIPING SYSTEMS                                                   312-322-1900
EMCOR SERVICES TEAM MECHANICAL, INC.                             847-229-7600
FIRE CONTROL INC.                                                                        847-459-4570
FIREGUARD OF ILLINOIS, INC                                                       815-363-5520
FIRELINE SPRINKLER CORPORATION                                          920-757-9590
FIRE PROTECTION COMPANY                                                      708-371-4300
FLANNERY FIRE PROTECTION                                                      262-653-1617
FORBES FIRE PROTECTION                                                           815-568-1500
FORT FIRE PROTECTION                                                                260-244-0206
GENERAL FIRE SPRINKLER CO.                                                     847-289-6382
LIBERTY FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS                                         630-443-7900
METROPOLITAN FIRE PROT.                                                         847-758-9820
MIDWEST FIRE SUPPRESSION                                                      708-479-4111
MONARCH FIRE PROTECTION                                                      630-293-0063
NORTH SHORE FIRE PROTECTION                                               708-567-9647
NOVA FIRE PROTECTION                                                              847-885-1605
PINNACLE FIRE PROTECTION                                                       630-527-0121
PROFASTS, INC. 815-676-3030
R. S. D. FIRE PROTECTION 815-592-6093
RAM FIRE PROTECTION                                                                630-837-3225
RYAN FIRE PROTECTION                                                                  317-770-7100
S. J. CARLSON, INC.                                                                        815-636-1993
SHAMROCK FIRE PROTECTION, LLC                                            815-397-8704
SIEMENS INDUSTRIES, INC.                                                          308-338-8080
SKYHAWK SPRINKLER SYSTEMS, INC.                                         847-497-9160
SPRINKLER CONTRACTORS, INC.                                                 630-385-2158
SYSTEMS PIPING, INC.                                                                   847-948-1373
TPC FIRE PROTECTION, LLC.                                                         708-579-1030





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Welcome to Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

At the United Association of Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281, we are responsible for protecting businesses, schools, homes, and, more importantly, precious lives, from the devastation of fire. It is no wonder we take our jobs so seriously.

Too many cut corners by not installing reliable automatic sprinkler systems. In the event of a fire, these shortcuts can lead to immeasurable damage. Statistics show that buildings with proper fire protection systems suffer twenty-four percent less damage and fire loss than unsprinkled properties.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 1983 to 1987, damage from hotel fires was seventy-eight percent less in buildings with sprinkler systems, than those without. The water damage from automatic sprinkler systems is considerably less than from a fire department's hose stream because sprinkler systems require a minimal amount of water to operate. Oftentimes, a fire is brought under control by only three sprinkler heads, sometimes even fewer.

With so much riding on the skills of our Sprinkler Fitters, it is critical that our journeymen receive the best training available. In addition to a rigorous apprenticeship program, many U.A. Sprinkler Fitters choose to expand their skills by voluntarily participating in advanced training programs.  Some even go on to become instructors through the United Association International Instructor Training Program.

The members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 are committed to providing quality installation, service and repair to the piping and fixtures used in sprinkler systems.  They know that when human lives are at stake, there is no room for error, and there might not be a second chance to get it done right. That is why the Sprinkler Fitters of Local 281 do the job right, the first time, every time.

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The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, the parent Union of Local #281 in Chicago, has a long and proud history that goes back more than 100 years.
Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 are pipefitting specialists in fire protection. Our members install, repair and maintain all types of fire extinguishing systems. Please browse our new website to learn more about our members, new merchandise, and to receive up-to-date information about our organization.

Included on our website is our contractor list or you can contact us direct at Local 281 for your important fire protection needs!

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  • New Installations
  • Retrofits or Maintenance
  • Professional Inspection
  • Testing and Service