"Success thrives on Success". The FCIA San Antonio
Meeting March 26-28, 2000 was grand success. Industry leading
presentations, a tour of Omega Point Laboratories, an "all
industry banquet" and the best attended golf outing to date
made for an active FCIA group. See the website for a summary
of the meeting.
New Members - The FCIA Welcomed 10 new members to
the San Antonio Meeting. Much discussion about the Firestop
Contracting Industry was had by all. FCIA welcomes the following
new members to FCIA:
Manufacturers - 3 new Manufacturer members have joined
FCIA since October.
- HILTI, Inc. - Tulsa, OK - Guy Bradley
- Rock Wool Manufacturing - Leeds, AL - Damien Cusik
- Tremco, Inc. Beachwood, OH - Steve Tyler
Contractors - 7 new Contractors have joined as members
- AAA Firestopping - Scott, LA - Chad Landry
- Alpha Insulation - Henry Schmeuckle
- Custom Insulation - Maryland Heights, MO - Kevin McGinnis
- Fire Control Systems - Richland, NC - Glen Baker
- FireWise, Inc. - Pleasant Hill, MO - Dickie Herzog
- Martinez Associates - Montvale, NJ - Rich Jenkins, Sr.,
- Ken Jenkins
- Firestop Solutions - Frank Rudilosso
Associates - 3 new Associate Members joined FCIA.
- Tom Brown, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA - John Ferguson
- Building Professionals Consortium - Winnepeg, CA - Lavergne
- Association of Walls and Ceilings Industries - Washington,
DC - Lee Jones
Call the new members and welcome them into FCIA. Their names,
phone numbers and email addresses are on the website, www.FCIA.org.
FCIA Fall Meeting Announcement - The next FCIA Meeting
is November 9-11, 2000. The location is the Fairmont Copley
Plaza Hotel, Downtown Boston. The agenda will have programs
focused on the "FM Approval Standard" and contractor testing,
to be administered Friday of the meeting. The FCIA Committees
have been working hard preparing material in time for our
membership to study for the test.
Between early September early November, FCIA Members (&
Non Members) will have the opportunity to undergo and FM Audit
of their quality program and jobsite procedure before FM Designated
Responsible Individual (DRI) testing in November to become
"FM Approved Firestop Contractors". Those contractors who
have been audited by November 1 and whose DRI has passed the
FM Exam on November 10th will be "Approved" and receiving
a listing in the 2001Factory Mutual "FM Directory". Audits
can take place after the test as well. Later "FM Approved
Contractors" will be listed on the FM Website when updated
and appear in the FM Directory in the 2002 edition. The Directory
is published yearly and distributed to building owners, architects,
engineers and other interested parties.
Accreditation Committee - Blase Reardon, (A.F. Underhill,
Inc.) Chair, reports that FM Global (Factory Mutual) has written
the first draft of the FCIA Accreditation Program, now known
as the "FM Approval Standard" for Firestop Contractors. Jeff
Gould, Blase Reardon and Aedan Gleeson, FCIA President have
met a number of times during the development of the standard.
The document will be issued September 1, 2000. Review and
comment on the "Standard" will take place by the Accreditation
Committee in the next few days. Then, the document is sent
to FM's internal and external "interested parties" as well.
Listed below are highlights of the "FM Approval Standard
for Firestop Contractors":
- Each Contractor must name a "Designated Responsible Individual"
(DRI) to steward the program at the firm.
- Testing of the DRI includes proficiency in all facets
of Firestopping - Penetrations,Joints, Slab Edge.
- Control of Engineering Judgements - now known as Equivalent
Fire Resistance Rated System (EFRSS).
- Quality Control - Record keeping is part of the FM Standard.
Documenting your unique internal procedure is a vital part
of the process.
- Continuing Education - DRI's will need to meet FM's CEU
- Re-examination - DRI's will be retested every 10 years.
If you want to become "FM Approved" by November, it's a
good idea to start the process now by developing a "Quality
Assurance Manual" that outlines your internal procedure. With
your procedure documented, you'll only need to make minor
adjustments when the standard is fully published in September.
Technical Committee - Kathy Taraba, (1 Source Firestop)
Chair, and Tech Committee Members have been reviewing their
portion of the "Firestop Manual of Practice". In San Antonio,
the committee met and reviewed each section verbally, then
agreed on changes to the manuscript. Each person has an assignment
to edit their section based on the committees comments. "Wow,
what teamwork! This group is incredible since each of these
people is donating their time and paying for their own travel
to write this book", states Kathy Taraba. They have an aggressive
deadline of September 1, 2000 for publication of the Manual
of Practice, which will be the basis for the written test
portion of the FM Approval Standard.
Liaison Committee - Don Murphy and Breck Spain, Co-Chairs,
have enlisted the help of many to cover the industry with
FCIA Members at various conferences. Kathy Taraba, 1 Source
Firestop and Don Sabrsula, FireSafe of Houston attended the
"Alliance for Fire Safety and Smoke Control" charter meeting
in Dallas in April. Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop, Kathy Taraba,
1 Source Firestop and Roger Rowe, Firestop Systems, LLC attended
the International Building Code Hearings in Birmingham, AL
this April. Each of these members has invested their own time
and money to represent FCIA at these important industry conferences.
Our voice is being heard in the industry!
- FCIA in the industry - FCIA Associate Member, Karen Layng,
Vedder Price, had a new article published by the National
Insulation Association "Outlook" Magazine on liability arising
out of firestop contracting, specifications and management.
FCIA Executive Director, Bill McHugh spoke at the National
Insulation Association Convention in Orlando, "Firestopping
Roundtable", April 15. He also had an article published
in the "OUTLOOK" Magazine. Check them out at www.FCIA.ORG.
- Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Chris Downey, C.L. Downey,
Inc., and other FCIA Members attended the NFPA Show in Denver
the second week of May. They spent time forming relationships
with fire officials from throughout the country. Many positive
responses came from those who heard about the FM Approval
Standard for firestop contractors.
- Jeff Gould, FM Global and Bill McHugh, Executive Director
presented to the North Central Region Conference, CSI a
program on "Contractor Quality" focusing on the Roofing
and Firestop Standards. The purpose was to communicate the
FM Approval Standard intent and listen for comments from
this important industry group. The program, with key specification
writers from around the country participating, was sponsored
by the Northern Illinois Chapter, CSI. Bill McHugh was the
conference volunteer chair.
- The FCIA was featured in a Association of Walls and Ceilings
Industries (AWCI) "Academy Seminar about Firestopping. Their
industry learned about the requirements needed to participate
fully in the firestop industry through a full day seminar
presented by Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director.
Communications Committee - Chair, Aedan Gleeson reports
that the updates FCIA Members submitted in San Antonio have
been entered by the FCIA Webmaster. Go to WWW.FCIA.ORG and
look for your firms listing. Contact the FCIA Office should
you need changes via email at email@example.com, or give us a
call at 630-690-0682. Labor Committee - Ed Dougherty, Chair,
reports that he's received a number of pieces of information
about labor as it relates to union and non union environments.
The Labor committee's objective is to gather information about
labor issues important to the business of the professional
firestop contractor. Contact Ed if you have information to
add to the database.
Northbrook, IL - UL has committed to "online service" for
the UL Directories. Rich Walke, UL Engineering Manager reports
that the www.ul.com website has the Fire Resistance Directory
available for use by the industry. New testing will appear
as soon as the manufacturer/sponsor wants instead of waiting
for the yearly publication of the "orange directories". This
new tool will not replace the publication of the directories
according to Mr. Walke.
The Board of Directors of the FCIA thanks the membership,
speakers and interested parties for their part in the successful
San Antonio Meeting. Our goal to increase FCIA members understanding
of the Accreditation and Technical Programs were met with
much participation at the committee meetings and over 70 people
in attendance at the general membership sessions. Our "development
phase" of the FCIA is in full swing. The "implementation phase"
of these programs starts in just a few months.
FCIA is well on the way to becoming a strong industry association.
Thank you for your commitment to our industry and your association.
We look forward to successful implementation of the various
aggressive programs. Go to the "Boston Meeting" area on the
FCIA Website and register now to reserve your space for the
Boston FCIA Meeting, "The Future of Firestop Contracting,
Firestop Contractors International Association
1257 Golf Circle
Wheaton, IL 60187
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