Boston FCIA Meeting - FCIA Members continue to give
rave reviews. Most recently, participants from the Saturday
Tour of Boston, sponsored by W.R. Grace & Co., gave Leon Bablouzian,
Amal Tamim and Blase Reardon much deserved praise for their
"Colonial Hospitality". Not only was the tour of Boston and
dinner well done, but the Grace Laboratory tour also provided
FCIA Contractor Members real insight into the firestop systems
(products) manufacturing process. The stringent standards
required to deliver high quality products to FCIA Contractors
are impressive. W.R. Grace & Co., thanks for a great day!
FCIA Promotes the "Professional Firestop Contractor Concept"
- The Association of General Contractors Convention, scheduled
for March 22, 23, and 24, 2001 in Nashville, TN, will feature
a panel discussion on Firestop Technology and the professional
Firestop Contractor. FCIA Members Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop;
Blase Reardon, A.F. Underhill, Inc.; and Karen Layng, Esq.,
Vedder, Price will be part of this important FCIA/AGC Program
on Friday, March 23 at 11:00 A.M. FCIA will also have a display
booth at the convention, staffed by Mike Wellons, Firestop
Carolinas; Mike Hubbard, Firestop Technologies, Inc.; Renee
Woodruff, F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc. and the "panelists"
FCIA Code Change Efforts - FCIA Members.; Don Sabrsula,
Firesafe of Houston, Inc. & Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop,
Inc have been actively promoting the newly written 3rd Party
Independent Inspection Standard for Firestop Installations
to the International Building Code groups and ASTM. The Standard
is designed to give inspectors a framework for conducting
firestop system inspections under real field conditions. The
Standard's primary objective is to enhance Life Safety by
ensuring that firestop systems are installed in accordance
with tested and listed system requirements.
FCIA Members making a difference - FCIA Members invest
their own time and money while participating in industry events
important to Firestop Contractors and the Firestop Industry.
Ray Usher, Superl, Inc. will attend the Glass Association
of North America(GANA) Convention in Las Vegas, February 12,
2001 to monitor the presentation on Curtainall Fire Protection.
Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Inc. expects to attend the
NFPA Meeting Hearings in Phoenix, AZ, February 28 - March
1, 2001. The International Firestop Council meetings are attended
by Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop, LLC and others, representing FCIA.
FCIA New Members for January, 2001 - The following
organizations have joined FCIA in January! Please welcome
these new members to FCIA when you next see/talk to them.
Thanks to all for your commitment to FCIA and the Professional
Firestop Contracting Industry.
- Larry Fuentes, Firestop Technolgies - Rochester, NY -
717.273.0130 - Contractor Member
- Doug Walsworth, Diversified Thermal, Inc. - Houston,
TX - 713.896.6801 - Contractor Member - Sponsored by Don
Sabrsula, Firesafe of Houston, Inc.
- John Lynn, All-Tight Waterproofing, Inc. - Tulsa, OK -
Contractor Member - Sponsored by John Morrow, Specialty
Products & Insulation
- Brian Didone - Royal Quickstop Fireprotection Systems
- Woodbridge, Ontario, CANADA - 905.856.7550
The FM 4991 Firestop Contractor Approval Standard will
be in the news! - FCIA and FM have developed a press release
and distributed it nationally to over 80 well known publications
(i.e. CSI s Construction Specifier, AIA, AGC, ABC Assocations
aswell). Look for the news release in magazines you receive.
Please FAX any news releases to the FCIA office so we can
track the news across the country. Watch for more releases
in the next year as the program begins to receive national
FM 4991 Approval - Did you miss the January 30 Deadline
to become an "FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractor" and get
into the FM Approval Guide Supplement to be issued this May?
Not to worry, there are other opportunities to get into the
book. The deadlines are as follows for you to get your information
to and approved by FM:
- June 2001 Supplement - April 29, 2001
- October 2001 Supplement - August 29, 2001
FCIA Education Committee seeks information - Committee
Chair, Renee Woodruff, F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc., is gathering information
for the Educational Toolbox that FCIA Member Contractors could
use to promote their business and the professional firestop
contractor. Renee will be including a section on "FCIA Firestop
Contractor Credibility" through reporting the major General
Contractors and Owners who have used a professional Firestop
Contractor on their projects. If you have any reference letters
or can share General Contractor names with the committee,
they will be used nationally in a generic presentation you
can use to build your credibility as a "FCIA Firestop Contractor
Professional". If you don t have any reference letters and
could use help getting them, call Renee Woodruff at 770.574.2232,
or email her at and she'll work with you.
FCIA Membership Dues for 2001 - By now, you've received
your membership dues for 2001 Calendar Year. Please pay your
dues promptly so we can continue to grow awareness of the
Professional Firestop Contractor in the industry.
Permission is hereby granted to forward, print, circulate,
quote with credit to Firestop Contractors International Association.