The purpose of the Alliance is to bring together persons or groups with a common interest in fire safety, burn prevention, and public education, and to promote programs and disseminate information related to fire safety and burn prevention.
Early in 1982 three members of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association formulated a plan to make smoke detector protection mandatory for every residential occupancy in the State. In just two years the State of Illinois did pass such a law. That Smoke Detector Committee had drawn its membership from virtually every fire service organization in the State of Illinois. The idea of using the resources of this original group to address issues of common interest to the fire service was too hard to resist. Thus the "Smoke Detector Awareness Committee" evolved into the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA).