1 "Where have we been"
As incoming FCIA President, I am proud to have been part
of FCIA since its inception, and look forward to our future
together. Over the next three weeks through this "President's
Letter", let me relate "Where have we been, Where
we are, and Where were going": as FCIA.
Where have we been - Since our inaugural FCIA Meeting in
Chicago, January, 1999, weve reached milestones any
other association would hope to have reached in such a short
First, here's "where we've been":
- FCIA Manual of Practice written and circulated.
- Industry Firestop Contractor Approval - FM 4991 Standard
for the Approval of Firestop Contractors developed
- Firestop Industry Inspection Protocol - ASTM E-2174,Standard
for Inspection of Installed Firestop Systems idea
- FCIA Committees Formed Accreditation, Education,
Marketing, Program & Technical.
- FCIA Membership Grew from 0 100 plus
FCIA has had an impressive beginning. Each conference brought
new programs and new members. From about 40 attendees at UL
in Chicago, January 1999, to 85 in Boston, November 2000.
FCIA has come a long way.
FCIA's past didn't happen by accident. A passionate "Charter
Member Group", those who attended the first conference
have remained active in FCIA and driven our programs forward.
The "Steering Committee Board", who helped find
others around the country passionate about the "Specialty
Firestop Contractor Concept", set in motion our association.
It is this commitment of FCIA Members striving to improve
Fire and Life Safety through Firestopping and Passive Fire
and Life Safety that has driven us the past few years.
Thanks for joining FCIA as a member, committee participant,
and for any other involvement you chose to have in FCIA. FCIA
has grown through your participation, involvement, and by
offering conferences, newsletters, publications and programs
that add value to FCIA Member businesses. As Aedan Gleeson
stated during the initial FCIA Inaugural Meetings, "FCIA
can be the Hub of the World for Firestopping". We use
this as our measurement, and strive to achieve to this high
level of performance.
Next week, the FCIA President's Letter will look at the efforts
of each FCIA Committee, and how they have been a driving force
for our association during the "Where are we Now"
portion of this series....
Stay Tuned ...
FCIA 2004 President