FCIA E-Newsletter July 31, 2013
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The Look for leading industry speakers about the most regulated and compartmented building occupancy - Healthcare, at the FIC. Speakers from the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, The Joint Commission and more await FCIA Members. More detail on the FIC's healthcare focus is below.
The FCIA FIC will be held at the base of the Sandia Mountains, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo (Albuquerque) NM which boasts a remarkable combination of luxurious amenities blended with southwestern culture & history. 3 heated pools, nature trails, traditional cultural & recreational events await you. Free shuttles to the Santa Ana Star Casino (5 min.) and Rail Runner Train! The RR Train will take you to fun Santa Fe (I hr/$6) and the Albuquerque art district (35 min/$3). Special FCIA Rate for Horseback riding: $69/pp/2 hrs.; GeoCaching $10/pp; Cooking Classes at the Corn Maiden ($150/pp/2 hrs.)
Special FCIA Room Rates: $109+ tax/night, rate includes FREE guest room Wi-Fi, overnight self-parking, heath club admittance and more. Limited king or double beds available.
Spend the weekend too...same rate 3 days pre/post conference. HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Group Name: Firestop Contractors International Association.
Conference Registration Checklist:
1. Register for the FCIA FIC Conference now
2. Reserve your Hotel Room Online or call +1 (888) 421-1442
3. Fill out an Airport Transportation Form for discounted ground transportation
4. Exhibiting? Fill out your Exhibitor Form
See you in Albuquerque!
FCIA is honored that many people have volunteered their time to help guide the association as Members of the Board of Directors. FCIA Board Members are required to attend teleconferences and travel to Board Meetings at their own expense. FCIA Board Members also chair or participate in various committees as well.
FCIA's Directors are elected by the FCIA Voting Membership. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected by the Board.
Interested in being a Director? Email bill@FCIA.org by early September and your interest will be passed on to the FCIA Nominating Committee.
UL/ULC Firestop Exam:
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
UL Melville Office, 1285 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY, USA, 11747
To Register: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 708-202-1108
FM and UL/ULC Firestop Exams:
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference and Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo (Albuquerque), NM, USA, 87004
To Register: Contact email@example.com, call +1 708-202-1108, or watch FCIA.org for Registration.
What a show! FCIA's Marketing Committee displayed FCIA's Programs for the DIIM of Firestopping at the ASHE Show in Atlanta last week. We had a great show with many facilities stopping at the booth to learn about how FCIA Members can help them with Joint Commission Audits.
The FCIA Booth at ASHE (From L to R):
Don Murphy, Gus Mancini, Randy Bosscawen, Tracy Smith
FCIA's President and Code co-chair Tracy Smith, FCIA outside Code Consultant Bill Koffel and Executive Director Bill McHugh met with ASHE Advocacy leaders about public comments for the International Fire Code. It was agreed to look at the public comments after ICC Publishes. It seemed that each group, FCIA and ASHE are both after the same thing...a fire and smoke safe facility for patients.
The Firestop Contractors International Association has developed and presented Symposiums on Effective Compartmentation since 2005. Together with The Joint Commission, the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, and Underwriters Laboratories, FCIA developed the 'Barrier Management Symposium' with content focused at the Healthcare facility staff. ASHE Members now have a FREE tool to educate healthcare staff on an important part of the Life Safety Plan - Fire Resistance Rated and Smoke Resistant Construction.
ASHE Member Facility Engineers have long known that education of their staffs is important to successful performance of barriers. The speakers have all volunteered their time and talent to educate ASHE Members' facility personnel.
Barriers, specifically Penetrations and Doors, have been mentioned by TJC at the last three years at ASHE's Annual Conference. ASHE took note and together, TJC and ASHE discussed how to solve the problem. A strategy including several points has been assembled as the way forward.
TJC's George Mills announced the Barrier Management Symposium at his General Session at the ASHE Convention Tuesday. Barriers are a SYSTEM of very detailed products that must be installed to the UL or other test laboratory design.
George added at the ASHE session, "This program is aimed at facilities. It's not a contractor program, mechanic program. It's for a healthcare facility and their own in house staff, and reduce the number of violations."
FCIA Executive Director Bill McHugh at ASHE
helping to promote the Barrier Management Symposium
The CAHED Chapter of ASHE announces it will present this Barrier Management Symposium in Steamboat Springs, CO Sept. 5 & 6, 2013. Contact CAHED for more information, or visit their website here.
FCIA's Board Leadership met with the manufacturer members of the International Firestop Council at the FCIA Board Meeting. Several teleconferences between the groups have taken place over the past two months. FCIA's Code Committee Chairs, Tracy Smith and Gary Hamilton, Code Consultant Bill Koffel and FCIA Staff have worked together well. Look for analysis of the code proposals in Life Safety Digest.
Join FCIA leaders at the CONSTRUCT Show and the Construction Specifications Institute Annual Meeting. FCIA's booth (#348) always welcomes specifiers and members with great information.
FCIA is exhibiting at the Construction Specifications Institute's CONSTRUCT Show and speaking at the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) Convention in Nashville. FCIA speaks to SCIP again, the first time since 2004. When we presented in 2000-2004, FCIA was just introducing the FM 4991 and UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program as well as ASTM E 2174, ASTM E 2393 Special Inspection Standards. We received great feedback from this group which has always been valuable to the industry.
Still need to register for CONSTRUCT2013? Register today!
FCIA's Marketing Committee makes another stop to represent membership, this time at the 2013 ICC Annual Conference, Group B Public Comment Hearing and Expo, in Atlantic City, NJ!
Annual Conference and Expo (and 10th year anniversary): Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2013.
Group B Public Comment Hearing: Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2013.
Haven't registered for ICC 2013 yet? Register Now!
International Code Council Final Action Hearings
The ICC 2012/2013 Code Development Cycle for the 2015 ICC Family of Codes is almost complete. FCIA is working with various organizations to help keep fire and life safety top priority in many building occupancies. Want to watch the action during ICC's hearings in Atlantic City? Visit www.iccsafe.org during the meetings to see the hearings streamed live.
ICC Selects new CEO
The International Code Council Board of Directors announced that Dominic Sims, CBO, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Sims, who previously held positions as interim CEO and Chief Operating Officer, continues to serve with the full support and confidence of the ICC Board.
"Dominic's strong business acumen and commitment to accountability are complemented by a unique combination of ICC knowledge and experience, and a sincere affinity for our Members," said Ronald Piester, President of the ICC Board of Directors. "This is an historic moment for the Code Council. I call on our Members, Partners and Staff to join the Board in support of Dominic as we begin ICC's second decade. The future is bright, and our success will be ensured by moving forward together."
"The ICC is an exceptional association and I have always been proud to be a part of a group of professionals that hold public safety in such high regard," Sims said. "Code Council Members represent the highest standard of building safety and fire prevention professionals, and ICC serves as a powerful tool to help them help their communities, clients, and their careers."
IAS Accreditation Meetings
The International Accreditation Services subsidiary of the International Code Council, held its Accreditation Committee Meeting in Los Angeles recently. The most contentious of all Accreditation Criteria was the 'Commissioning' Document. Through participant input, cooperation and professionalism of the Committee, great feedback will become part of the document moving forward. Visit www.iasonline.org for more info.
FCIA Speaks at Leading Age
Leading Age is the association of not for profit long term care facilities. FCIA Executive Director Bill McHugh spoke at their summer education session recently. Great questions resulted about how to treat older existing facilities. It seems regulators are going to expect 'firestop systems' in older structures similar to new construction.
Do you have a firestopping and/or an effective compartmentation success story or solution? We want to hear from you! FCIA would like to feature selected FCIA members and how they met and overcame a challenge or how they helped customers meet issues.
Don't worry - you won't have to write anything if you don't want to. We'll take care of it all, and it could result in some great PR for your company in Life Safety Digest and possibly other publications.
Contact evie@FCIA.org or call +1 708-202-1108 for details.
FCIA Membership Growth Continues
FCIA welcomes our new members, and thanks them for their contributions! Thank you to all current members as well for helping to build FCIA and the firestopping industry.
FCIA New Contractor Members
1. 6351825 Manitoba Ltd., (Canadian Thermal Technologies) - Winnipeg, MB
2. D & G Mechanical Insulation, Inc. - Pacific, WA
3. Fire Seal Corp. - New York City, NY
FCIA New Contractor Branch Members
1. Firestopping Specialists, LLC - Greenfield, WI
FCIA New International Contractor Members
1. Arabian Airconditioning Contracting - Doha, Qatar
2. Arabian Specialised Materials Co. (ASMA) - Doha, Qatar
Best wishes for a safe, successful Spring construction season.
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
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