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11/16/22

Thanks to all who tuned in to today's webinar, 'Life Safety Dampers', with Michael Bulzomi (Greenheck).  The session was fast-moving and informative.  Stay tuned for more info on 'Life Safety Dampers - Part 2', coming soon in 2023.

Missed the session?  Find the Presentation Here.  

11/4/22

FIC '22 is wrapped, and what a week it was!  From the dynamite agenda and expert speaker to the interactive trade show with new exhibitors and the spectacular location, this year's event was definitely one to remember.  FCIA Members can find the presentations in the Members Only area.

Thanks to all who attended, all who presented, and all who contributed to the success of this event.  See you in NOLA in May '23!

10/14/22

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's FCIA Existing Building Fire-Resistance Symposium in Vancouver, BC.  And special thanks to our faculty for preparing - and delivering - a superb educational event for the building industry in Vancouver!

Find the presentations in the Presentations Archive

10/03/22

What a great event we had in Vancouver, BC for the Existing Building Fire-Resistance Symposium!

With the incredibly active building boom in Vancouver, it's even more important to be educating the marketplace on the importance of properly 'D'esigned, 'I'nstalled, 'I'nspected, and 'M'aintained firestopping and effective compartmentation.  It saves lives, people!

Thanks to our speakers and panelists, including reps from HILTI, STI, Aquatherm, IPEX, and UL Solutions. It's such a nice feeling when the experts come together for the betterment of the industry.
 

07/27/22

Had another great webinar today. This month's session featured guest speakers Rich Walke (CTI) and Bill Koffel (Koffel Associates). We always learn so much when this group talks Codes!

If you missed it, you can still find the presentation online!

07/17/22

Hey you guyyyys!

The ASHE Annual Conference opens July 17 in Boston, MA.  Are you going to be there?  Stop by the FCIA booth (944) and grab your issue of Life Safety Digest!

07/01/22

Did You Know...FCIA Members can watch past webinars in the Members Only area of the site.  Check out how to Join FCIA and learn all the benefits of membership!

07/01/22

Let Freedom Ring!

In honor of the US Independence Day Holiday, the FCIA Office will be closed Monday, July 4, 2022.  We will resume normal business hours Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Happy 4th of July!

06/30/22

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's webinar, 'Protecting Recessed Boxes in Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction' with Rich Walke (CTI for FCIA).  Missed it?  That's ok!  Check out the Presentation here

06/05/22

06/05/22

Going to the NFPA Expo?  Be sure to check out the FCIA booth and grab your copy of Life Safety Digest Magazine!  Come visit us at booth 1226!

05/27/22

05/27/22

Thanks to all who attended ECA '22 in Nashville, TN.  PDFs of the presentations can be found in the Members Only section.

05/25/22

05/25/22

Thanks to everyone who attended today's webinar, ''I'nstallation & 'I'nspection...and the Short Story on Maintaining Protection', with Bill McHugh and Rich Walke.  Find the Presentation Here

05/19/22

05/19/22

It's Trade Show Season!  Check out the Industry Events page for a list of what's coming...and where you'll see FCIA this year!  That's right...we're bringing the firestopping to an event near you!

04/15/22

More FCIA Publicity….this time with the Center for Campus Fire Safety Group. They sent our Life Safety Digest to their complete eblast database – with FCIA & Life Safety Digest all over it.

We're spreading the word!

04/13/22

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections before workers suffer completely preventable injuries, illnesses or, even worse, fatalities. Contractors, manufacturers, distributors and reps, are all affected. 

Check out the full release on the new OSHA National Emphasis Program to assess what it means for your employees.

04/04/22

FCIA works hard to spread the word of the importance of maintaining fire-resistance in existing buildings.  Check out this article from FCIA at FacilityExecutive.com!

03/26/22

Firestop Contractors and Special Inspection Agencies in the Gulf Region: Looking for the FM & UL Firestop Exam? FCIA is coming this June with education and the Exams! Learn more and register today!

03/25/22

Check out this great news report on firestopping we found. It even includes some questionable inspection processes!

For matters of fire and life safety, FCIA Members do it best!

03/17/22

The FCIA Newsletter is here! Read it online today!

03/16/22

It’s official…FCIA RETURNS TO THE MIDDLE EAST THIS JUNE FOR TWO IN-PERSON EVENTS!!! And we couldn’t be more excited. Learn more

03/15/22

Curious about who’s going to ECA ’22? Check it out! Don’t see your name on the list? Maybe it’s time we do…Register Today!

03/02/22

We’re dropping it like it’s hot…the FCIA Newsletter! Check it out!

02/24/22

Registration is open for ‘Fire-Resistive Continuity Head-of-Wall Joint Systems’, the March session in the 2022 FCIA Educational Webinar Series. When: Wednesday, March 16Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today!

02/16/22

02/16/22

Thank you to all who joined us today for 'The 'DIIM' of Firestopping = Safer Buildings For All'. Another great session with engaged participation from the audience. Find the presentation here.

Think this - or another FCIA - session would be a great presentation for your organization? Let us know! We love presenting to outside groups!

02/15/22

One day left to register for ‘The ‘DIIM’ of Firestopping = Safer Buildings for All’, this month’s session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series. When: Wednesday, February 16Time: 10:00 am CST Register Today!

02/10/22

02/10/22

Today marked the first (of many more to come!) FCIA webinar for India! Thanks so much to all who attended and took the first step with us as we work to develop the firestop and effective compartmentation industry in India.

Missed the session? That's ok! Find the presentation here.

Look for more programming specific to the firestop industry in India coming soon!

02/01/22

It’s here! The FCIA Newsletter, that is…Read it online today!

01/28/22

The FCIA Board of Directors met this week, and oh boy, did they get a lot of important work accomplished! Thanks to all our Board members for their dedication to FCIA and the firestop industry! By the way: Did you know that all FCIA Committee Chairs and Members, including our FCIA Board of Directors, are

01/26/22

The FCIA Board of Directors meets this week to welcome new Board Member, Gus Mancini, and to begin work on 2022 initiatives. Thank you to our Board members for their volunteerism and work to advance FCIA and the firestop industry!

01/26/22

On January 25, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is withdrawing its COVID-19 vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Read More

01/21/22

POP QUIZ…What US city can boast being home to the best haunted hotel in the US, has TWO of the stages named on the “Top Global Venue for Live Music” list, was recently named the eighth best city in the US by the Readers’ Choice Awards, AND will be hosting ECA ’22? Music City, baby!

01/13/22

Registration is now open for our February webinar, ‘The ‘DIIM’ of Firestopping = Safer Buildings for All’, with Bill McHugh (FCIA) and Rich Walke (CTI for FCIA). When: Wednesday, February 16, 2022Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT Register Today!

01/12/22

Thanks to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘Fire Doors Have One Job!’, with Keith Pardoe (Door Safety, LLC). The session was well-attended and brought A LOT of excellent questions after the presentation! Find the session slides and handout HERE.

01/06/22

Welcome to 2022! FCIA Members, renew your membership today to keep your member benefits in place through 2022! Questions? Contact us today!

01/03/22

Happy New Year from FCIA! We hope you had a healthy and wonderful holiday season with family and loved ones!

12/27/21

Have you heard? FCIA is now in India! If you’re involved in the passive fire protection industry in India, Join FCIA Today!

12/22/21

Hot off the press: the FCIA Newsletter is here! Catch up on all things FCIA and firestop today!

12/21/21

Registration is open for the first session in the 2022 FCIA Educational Webinar Series, ‘Fire Doors Have One Job!’ with Keith Pardoe (Door Safety, LLC). When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022Time: 10:00 am CST – 12:00 pm CST Register Today!

12/21/21

Happy Holidays from FCIA! In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the FCIA office will be closed Friday, December 24 and December 31. See you in 2022!

11/23/2021

Thanks to Keith Pardoe (Door Safety LLC) and all those who participated in today’s webinar on Fire Doors. Find the presentation here. And stay tuned to www.FCIA.org for more information about future sessions with Keith!

11/18/21

Hot off the press: It’s the newest FCIA eNewsletter! Read it online today!

10/23/21

UL announced a new and improved portal, including new forms, for the UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program. Check it out here!

10/21/21

Did You Know…Firestop labels that state the system number, make it easier for both new construction firestop inspection and annual visual inspection required by the International Fire Code. That’s right…it’s label time! SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

10/12/21

Did You Know….Marking walls and floors with the tested and listed system number shortens inspection time? That is one of the reasons specifiers are adding labelling for firestop systems to their firestopping specifications.

SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

10/08/21

Check this out from ICC. Can you guess who was the proponent at the International Building Code Development Process to get this done? Yes, FCIA – Now, multi-family residential has special inspection for firestopping – part of the FCIA’s DIIM for fire and life safety!

10/07/21

FCIA’s 2021 and 2024 IBC Code Development Process went well. We added safety through special inspection for residential occupancy greater than 250, clarified that manufacturers instructions AND tested and listed systems are needed for proper firestopping, worked with William Koffel and Richard Walke, Tony Crimi and other friends. hear more at FCIA’s FIC Conference, in a few weeks. Thanks to Eirene […]

10/05/21

Did You Know…FCIA is has a Recommended Professional Practice for Identification Systems, AND it’s available FREE to FCIA Members, Specifiers, and AHJ’s? It identifies the types of labels and recommends where on the barrier or penetrating item the identification should be located.  Want a copy? Email us to get it now. Not a member? Join […]

09/30/21

Did You Know…Firestop Special Inspection happens most where there are the most projects with firestopping. Did you also know FCIA worked with International Accreditation Services to build a firestopping section of IAS Accreditation Criteria AC-291. SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

09/22/21

Curious about who will be at FIC ’21? Check out Who’s Coming, and then Register to Attend!

09/22/21

Thanks to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘The Nuts and Bolts of Fire, Fire/Smoke, Smoke, and Ceiling/Radiation Dampers’ with Kent Maune (Ruskin). And, thanks to a dynamic and engaged audience, we had an extremely informative Q&A session at the end! Find the Presentation Here

09/21/21

Did You Know…FCIA’s ‘DIIM’ of firestopping – proper ‘D’esign, ‘I’nstallation, ‘I’nspection, and ‘M’aintenance of Protection – results in safe buildings due to fire-resistance working when called up on by fire or smoke. The proper ‘DIIM’ of firestopping includes ‘I’nstallation of Firestop Systems by FCIA Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor Members and FM 4991 Approved and/or UL […]

09/20/21

Hot off the press: It’s the September FCIA eNewsletter! This month’s edition is full of important information, like the recently announced change to the UL Numbering System, updates on FIC ’21, information on Special Inspection, and so much more. Read It Online Today!

09/16/21

UL has just announced a new numbering system for firestop systems and fire-resistive joint systems. Two tested and listed system categories are moving from a 4-digit System Number to a 5-digit System Number soon (Ex: C-AJ-20000, after C-AJ-2999).  Resources are posted on FCIA’s Technical Resource Pages, and UL’s Resources Pages. Moving forward, when a 4-digit […]

09/15/21

Your Marketing Committee is on the move again, advocating for the firestop industry, the Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special Inspection, FCIA Members, and more! Today’s group? The National Association of State Fire Marshals! Special thanks to Taylor Benay (National Firestopping Solutions, Inc.)!

09/14/21

Did You Know…Firestop special inspection occurs in a wide range of buildings. Did you also know that FCIA’s Firestop Manual of Practice has an 80-page section on firestop special inspection? And that the FM and UL Firestop Exams have a questions on firestop installation AND inspection? FCIA Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members are your […]

09/13/21

On Sept. 9, US President Biden announced that the US Dept. of Labor will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.   When published in the Federal Register, the ETS will become effective immediately in states under OSHA jurisdiction.  […]

09/07/21

Did You Know…Where firestop special inspection is mandated, the use of a FM 4991 Approved or UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor is already specified.  FCIA Member Contractors & Special Inspection Agencies are the best!  SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

09/03/21

Registration is open for ‘The Nuts and Bolts of Fire, Fire/Smoke, Smoke, and Ceiling/Radiation Dampers’ with Kent Maune (Ruskin). When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today!

09/02/21

In honor of the US and Canadian Labor Day holidays, the FCIA office will be closed Monday, September 6. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

09/01/21

With so much of the world in COVID-19 flux still, there’s one thing you can count on: dynamite firestop education with FCIA! This November 2-5, join FCIA IN-PERSON OR ONLINE for three days of education focused on the firestop industry, code updates, team development, technical updates, and more. Learn more

08/31/21

Did You Know…Back in 1999, FCIA asked Mike Pfeiffer, VP Codes at ICC, ‘Why don’t we have firestop inspection like fireproofing does?” Mike replied, “Does your industry have inspection standards? Have you submitted a code proposal to add it to the IBC?”  FCIA’s Standards Committee formed that day, and FCIA hired a consultant to write the […]

8/25/21

Thanks to all who attended today’s ‘Firestop Systems Selection & Analysis with FCIA’ webinar. Missed it? Find the presentation here!

08/24/21

One day left to register for ‘Firestop Systems Selection & Analysis with FCIA’. When: Wednesday, August 25Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today!

08/24/21

Did You Know… Lack of high-rise buildings in ND, NH, MS, AK, could explain why there are less FM 4991 Approved or UL Qualified Firestop Contractors Specified. SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

08/19/21

The newest edition of the FCIA e-Newsletter is here! Read it today!

08/17/21

Did You Know… Regional geographic distribution shows FM 4991 and UL Qualified Firestop Contractors are specified widely. SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

08/11/21

FCIA Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members: One Day Left to Register for the FCIA Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members Only ‘FCIA Education for the FM & UL-ULC Firestop Exams’ webinar. When: Thursday, August 12Time: 8:00 am CDT Register Today!

08/10/21

Did You Know… Manufacturing, Dormitories, Healthcare seem to be where the highest percentages of buildings get FM 4991 and UL Qualified Contractors specified. What types of projects do you most often see FM 4991 Approved and/or UL Qualified Firestop Contractors in the specifications? SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

08/09/21

See what’s new this year at BOMA 2021, heading to Boston, MA this October 6-9. FCIA is proud to partner with BOMA for this exciting event once again! Grab your copy of Life Safety Digest while there!

08/03/21

Did you know… FM 4991 Approved and UL Qualified Firestop Contractors are specified in all segments of building owners. SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

07/28/21

Did You Know… FM 4991 Approved and or UL Qualified Firestop Contractors are specified widely. FCIA’s Marketing Committee wants to find out why.  Email us at info@FCIA.org with the characteristics of projects where the specs hold to help with our research. SOURCE: FCIA Marketing Committee Research conducted with Dodge Data Analytics/The Blue Book.

07/20/21

The first in the FCIA Did You Know LinkedIn series dropped today! Check it out online, and make sure to Like, Share, Tag, Comment, and more! C’mon, let’s spread the word about the importance of firestopping and effective compartmentation!

07/15/21

Registration is open for ‘Firestop Systems Selection & Analysis with FCIA’, the August session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series. When: Wednesday, August 25Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today!

07/14/21

The latest issue of the FCIA Newsletter is here! Read it online!

07/14/21

Thanks to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘The ‘DIIM’ of Firestopping: What You Need to Know’, with Bill McHugh (FCIA) and Rich Walke (CTI). If you missed the session, you can find it here.

07/08/21

Calling all those interested in the firestop industry! Registration is now open for FIC ’21, the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show, heading to San Diego, CA and the Rancho Bernardo Inn this November 2-5, 2021! Register Today!

07/06/21

FCIA promotional items are now available for purchase online!

07/02/21

In honor of the US Independence Day holiday, the FCIA office will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021. We will resume normal business hours Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

06/29/21

Material availability and pricing challenges continue to plague the construction industry. Check out this guide from Stephen Phillips of HPSS Law for how to protect your company during these unprecedented times. Learn More

06/28/21

The FCIA Manual of Practice (MOP) recently received a big update to the Codes and Standards section. Expanded to 120 pages, the update includes a new Appendix on Standards that adds Code information for countries and regions like the USA, Canada, the UK, parts of Europe, the Middle East, Far East, and more. Learn more

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