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    Is your high-rise building protected with a fire sprinkler system?

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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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High-Rise Safety

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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White Sox Tickets Raffle for Brother Mark Montelpasse - (8/10/2016)

Brother Mark Montelpasse has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. In an effort to raise funds, we are raffling off eight (8) pairs of White Sox tickets.  A separate raffle will be held for each of the eight (8) available dates.    The minimum face value per BOX SEAT ticket is $50.00.  We are looking for a minimum $25.00 donation per raffle entry.  You may enter more than once, and for more than one set of available game tickets.  Please send your entries specifically marked with the date of the raffle(s) in which you wish to be entered, along with a check made payable to Mark Montelpasse.  Please include a VALID phone number for any notifications and/or questions.  The games are listed below with seating information that can be viewed on the White Sox Park’s seating chart.  

Please direct all questions and correspondence to Katie or Lori. 

  • Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ 6:10 p.m. vs Oaland A’s.  Box 133, Row 28, Seats 1 & 2. 
Entries and money must be received by Thursday, August 18, 2016.     

  • Sunday, August 21, 2016 @ 1:10 p.m. vs Oakland A’s.  Box 119, Row 11, Seats 7 & 8. 

Entries and money must be received by Friday, August 19, 2016.     

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @7:10 p.m. vs Philadelphia Phillies.  Box 143, Row 19, Seats 7 & 8.   
    Entries and money must be received by Friday, August 19, 2016.     

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 7:10 p.m. vs Philadelphia Phillies.  Box 130, Row 25, Seats 9 & 10. 
    Entries and money must be received by Monday, August 22, 2016.

  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 7:10 p.m. vs Seattle Mariners.  Box 130, Row 19, Seats 5 & 6. 
    Entries and money must be received by Tuesday, August 23, 2016.  

  • Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:10 p.m. vs Seattle Mariners.  Box 130, Row 25, Seats 11 & 12.  
    Entries and money must be received by Wednesday, August 24, 2016.   

  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ 6:10 p.m. vs Seattle Mariners. Box 124, Row 25, Seats 3 & 4. 
    Entries and money must be received by Thursday, August 25, 2016.  

  • Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 1:10 p.m. vs Seattle Mariners. Box 133, Row 28, Seats 1 & 2. 

    Entries and money must be received by Friday, August 26, 2016.

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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!

Our Skills

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