Wed., 1/15, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Advanced Learning

The NFPA 211 Level of Inspection for chimneys is designed to be conducted annually by a qualified agency. This object of this seminar is to teach the students what is involved in performing these chimney inspection standards.  The teacher will begin with the Level I inspection, which includes all readily accessible areas of the chimney and appliance and accessible portions of the appliance and chimney connection. He will then progress to a Level II inspection, which is more comprehensive in that it includes every part of the chimney that can be accessed including the interior of the chimney.

John Pilger has been in the sweep industry since 1983 and is the owner and operator of Chief Chimney Services since 1986. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) as their President. John is a Past President of the NYS Chimney Sweep Guild. He is a member (Past Director) of, and the representative for the National Chimney Sweep Guild to the National Fire Protection Association 31 committee (Standards for the Installation of Oil Burning Equipment). He serves on the technical committee of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the New York State Chimney Sweep Guild. He is an instructor for the CSIA and the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). He holds a variety of certifications and is also a former Fire Marshal and Past - Fire Chief.  John has been the Chimney expert for Dateline NBC, CNN, American Journal, Associated Press and News 12 Long Island. In 2007 John won the Chimney Safety Institute of America highest award, “The Don Leavitt Education Award,” for outstanding contributions to the Chimney Sweep industry through education.