- FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference Info
- FCIA Quoted in Webcast
- New FCIA Board Member
- Email viruses
- FCIA CSI Show Call for Help
FCIA Spring Conference - Don't miss the FCIA Education
and Committee Action Conference April 28 - 30, 2004 at the
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. Keynote
Speakers include Dr. Gene Corley, CTL, Inc., "Lessons
Learned from the World Trade Center", Bert Polk, The
National Association of State Fire Marshal's, "Partnership
for Safer Buildings", Rich Walke of UL USA and Emmanuel
Supeju, UL Canada speak about the differences between Canadian
and US Standards, new "L" Rating and Ductwrap info.
Additionally, John Gryffyn, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
& Housing will speak about codes in Ontario. Jeff Gould
& Tom McCarty, FM Approvals will explain FM's new structure
that will help make FM 4991 truly a global standard. Bill
Koffel, FCIA's US Code Consultant talks about NFPA and ICC
Code Strategy. FCIA's Committees Meet during the conference
Wednesday. And., don't miss Friday morning's "Industry
Strategy Forum", an industry discussion on our joint
IFC/FCIA work promoting our industry. You'll see a survey
shortly to fill out as we prepare for this session. We're
planning a spouse tour program as well.
Call the Fairmont Royal York now for your hotel reservations
at 800.663.7229. FCIA's cutoff date for the rate has been
extended to April 8th. Rate is $209 Can., about $159/nite.
Be sure to mention "Firestop Contractors International
Association" to get the rate. Fly to either Buffalo's
airport and rent a car, or directly to Toronto's Lester B.
Pearson (YYZ). A shuttle, Airport Express is $14.95 Can each
way, running each 1/2 hour, stopping at all downtown hotels.
The Fairmont is the 2nd stop on the shuttle from the airport.
Limos are approx. $39 Canadian, "FLAT RATE" each
way available anytime. No reservations required for transportation.
Budget about 1/2 hour travel time to downtown from Pearson
Airport. The FCIA Golf Tournament will take place at Royal
Woodbine Golf Course, Toronto, about 5 minutes from the airport.
forms are on the website. Rooms for Tuesday, April 27th
may be sold out at the Fairmont shortly. Rooms for Tuesday
are available at the Novatel, 416-367-8900, ask for Yvonne
Bird and the Westin, 416-869-1600. There are plenty of rooms
left Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
FCIA Quoted during Consulting Specifying Engineering
Fire Protection Webcast - FCIA's "Effective Compartmentation"
article on the Chicago City and County Building fire was quoted
by host Jim Crockett during the CSE National Webcast last
week. FCIA Executive Director, Bill McHugh had submitted our
"What if there were fire walls, doors, dampers and firestopping
around the fire's room of origin in the high rise building?
Would the fire and smoke have spread killing people in the
stairwells?" Effective Compartmentation, Detection -
Alarm - Communication systems and sprinklers are needed to
complete the Fire Protection TRIAD to keep buildings safe
and reduce property losses. Effective use of all three parts
of the fire protection TRIAD may have prevented deaths in
this and other cases worldwide. Panelists included high ranking
people at Gage Babcock Assoc., Rolf Jensen Assoc., Schirmer
Engineering, Global Fire Protection Consultants, BOMA Chicago
and the City of Chicago Department of Construction and Permits.
FCIA recommended Effective Compartmentation and Firestopping
as the first practical approach to Fire Protection in buildings
in our letter and Chicago Testimony. BOMA Chicago agreed that
Firestopping and Compartmentation is a viable option to protect
buildings. Sprinkler systems can cost between $6 - $14/SF,
not including asbestos removal (around $15 - $18/SF). At $26.50
SF, midpoint for asbestos removal and sprinklers, Class B
& C Buildings would become severely stressed and economic
viability in question. Firestopping the already existing compartments
would cost from $.50 -- $3.00/SF, depending on the building,
allowing building owners and managers to budget for sprinklers
as can be afforded.
The Fire Protection Engineers on the panel questioned the
reliability of Compartmentation, citing open doors and maintenance
as an issue. At the same time, they stated that "PROPERLY
INSTALLED and MAINTAINED Sprinkler Systems are very reliable".
FCIA's Membership believes that "Specialty Firestop Contractor
installed and maintained Compartmentation and Firestop Systems"
are reliable too. A Building and Fire Research Laboratory
Estimate of the Operational Reliability of Fire Protection
Systems in the UK, Australia and Japan, showed Effective Compartmentation
reliability about the same as and sprinkler systems.
New FCIA Board Member - Bob Hasting, President of
SFS, Inc. and C.E.O. of Specialty Firestop Systems has joined
the board of directors at FCIA. Bob has been in the construction
industry for 29 years and started in the seals and electrical
circuit protection industry in 1978. His experiences include
work in the commercial, industrial, hazardous materials, marine
and nuclear industries in mechanical and firestopping applications.
Bob fills the vacancy left by Don Graves, Fire Barrier, Inc.,
who has chosen to move back to Arizona and is no longer in
FCIA New Members - Welcome to Atlantic Firestop, Inc.,
Ken Kuehhas, Northport, FL; ProFirestop, John Sharpe, Scarborough,
Ontario, CANADA have joined FCIA this month, as Firestop Contractor
FCIA Committee Members - Committee members can participate
via face to face meetings, teleconferences, email and some
travel to some fun places. Visit this link for committee updates,
and a committee application form. You will benefit greatly
by being part of a committee.
The committees that need members include:
- Technical - Mike Dominguez, Chair - The MOP is
undergoing it's 5 year review...we'll need writers and editors.
- Codes - FCIA needs a new Code Committee chair.
FCIA's Code Consultant, Bill Koffel, works with our Code
Chair and outside organizations.
- Standards - Don Sabrsula, Chair, Needs help with
the ASTM Meetings for the Standard for Joints Inspection.
- Education - Bob Patton, Chair - A fresh set of
eyes helps our writers stay focused! We could use one or
two new members.
- Marketing - Don Murphy and Richard Keeney have
trade shows and speaking engagements we need to fill.
Contact Ray Usher, FCIA 2004 President if you are interested,
at 763.571.7464, or email at email@example.com .
FCIA Website Advertising - www.fcia.org is constantly
being visited by general contractors, architects, code officials,
current and prospective FCIA Firestop Contractor Members.
FCIA's Google Page rank is a "5/10". CSI, the Construction
Specifications Institute, an 18000 member group's site, is
a 6/10. FCIA's site is well traveled, and impressive. Consider
advertising on the site:
- Home Page - 1" x 2" Ad - $500/ 3 Months,
$800/ 6 months $1000/ 12 months, 2 ads available. Approx.
21000 visits ea. 3 months, from 8400 distinct addresses
visit the home page.
- FCIA Member List Page - 1" x 1" Ad -
$300/ 3 months, $500 / 6 months, $800/ 12 months 2 ads available.
Approx. 8400 visits from 3600 distinct addresses to these
- Other Pages -FCIA FM 4991 Approval Page Ad, FCIA
Articles, FCIA Events Page, FCIA Specification, other pages.
$200/ 3 months, $400 6 months, $600 / 12 months, 2 ads available.
Approx. 900 visits / from 750 distinct Internet addresses
to these pages.
FCIA E-News Sponsorships Available - Want exposure
for your company frequently delivered to the desk of FCIA
Members and Friends? FCIA's ENews can be sponsored by any
- Sponsor "At the Top" - $500/ 3 Months,
$800 for 6 months $1000/ 12 months, 1 ad available
- Sponsor "In the middle" or "On the bottom"-
$300 for 3 Months, $500/ 6 months $700/ 12 months, 2 ads
Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control
- The annual meeting of the Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment
and Control (AFSCC) is June 16 - 18, 2004, in Kansas City.
In addition to AFSCC, an Alliance for Fire Safety (AFS...the
PR Campaign) summit/strategy session takes place Wednesday,
June 16th.. AFSCC's Meeting is from 8 - 6 pm June 17. An AFSCC
Board Meeting is June 18.
Don't Be Fooled By Emails with viruses - FCIA has
been bombarded with viruses lately. Evidently, other associations
have been too. This excerpt came from the Association Forum's
Newsletter, "In the last few weeks we've seen the launch
of one of the most aggravating mass-mailing worms to come
along so far. The Netsky worm gets into the e-mail system
of an unsuspecting victim, scans hard drives for e-mail addresses,
and sends itself out. The really dangerous part is that this
worm uses "spoofing" (replacing the "from"
line of a message with a randomly selected address to make
it look as though the sender is someone you know and trust)."
We at FCIA have received a number of these messages and know
that members probably have as well. Somewhere along the line,
the e-mail addresses of FCIA or FCIA Members were picked up
out of an infected mailbox and so we're all being spoofed.
Please be very careful about any e-mails that you receive
with an attachment, or that send you to a strange website
other than www.fcia.org . The Subject line and message body
of the e-mail vary. The attachment name varies with the .exe,
.pif, .scr, or .zip file extension. If only these internet
hackers got real jobs......
Thanks for Modern Medicine - Recently, I had the opportunity
to use our health care system through emergency appendix surgery,
March 18th. The Doctors, Surgeon, Nurses, Patient Tech's couldn't
have been nicer. Most important, although there were some
complications, I'm on the mend. My lifestyle is a bit slower
right now, but that's not all bad. Our health is a precious
thing, and sometimes we take it for granted until we're faced
with some trouble. I'm smelling a few more roses than usual
lately as a result...and hope you can too in our hectic paced
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
FCIA's Firestop Industry Conference dates are November 10
- 13, 2004. Watch for the location shortly
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FCIA is a non profit organization of Firestop Contractors,
Contractor Branch Offices, Manufacturers and Associate Members
interested in furthering life safety through the Professional
Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept.
For more information, contact the
Bill McHugh, Executive Director
1257 Golf Circle
Wheaton, IL 60187
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