FCIA Firestop Industry Conference
FM 4991 in Specs
FCIA New Contractor Member Drive
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference
- November 12 - 15, 2003 - Orlando, FL - "Disney World
is about what's good in America and our world", state
Disney visitors from the US and Overseas. FCIA's Firestop
Industry Conference heads to the Contemporary Resort, at Walt
Disney World for our Fall Conference. Firestop Industry speakers,
new and renewal FM DRI Testing among other things will be
part of the agenda. (Renewing DRI's, visit FM
4991 Approval for FM CEU forms and filing info).
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference Outline Agenda - (Complete
Details available in July)
|Wednesday - November 12
||DRI Testing, Early AM. FCIA Board Candidate Presentations,
Elections, FCIA Education Sessions & Committee Meetings.
Dinner on own.
|Thursday - November 13
||Educational Sessions, FCIA Trade Show, FCIA Industry
Banquet - All day and evening
|Friday - November 14
||Education Sessions until 12:00 pm
|Saturday - November 15
||AM - FCIA Annual Golf Tournament, Disney's "Magnolia
Course", site of the PGA Tour's Disney Golf Classic
FCIA has a room block at the Contemporary Resort , "On
the Monorail", Magic Kingdom, Disney. There are limited
rooms available, and once gone, they will be really gone.
Initial indications are that FCIA's "Firestop Industry
Conference" and Disney will be busy in November. So,
please reserve your rooms as soon as possible. Call (407)
824-3869 for Disney Contemporary Resort Reservations. Mention
"Firestop Contractors International Association"
to receive the $165/nite rate. Discounted Disney tickets (11%)
are available in addition to special Convention Attendee programs.
More on this to follow in Early July.
Mears Transportation can take you from the Airport to Disney
for $16/person one way, or $28 Round Trip. Call (407) 423-5556
Sponsor - ECA Las Vegas - 3M Fire Protection Products sponsored
a break during our "Education and Committee Action Conference"
in Las Vegas. We're glad to have participation of all of our
manufacturer partners as sponsors.
FM 4991 Specs - Aedan Gleeson,
Gleeson Powers, Inc., reports Folk Associates is specifying
FM 4991 Approved Contractors regularly in specs. Purdue Univ.
in West Lafayette, IN, is just one of the projects to come
from Folk. Additionally, Jay Maguire, Firestop Systems, LLC
in St. Louis and Central Illinois reported seeing FM 4991
required on three projects last week. "Third Party Accredited,
Approved, Installation Firms" is a buzzword that is gaining
momentum worldwide in the contracting community. FM 4991 is
coming to your town soon.
Get FM 4991 approved now by calling Jeff Gould at 781.255.4873
Firestop Contracting Insurance
- The FCIA Office has heard that contractor members have experienced
significant insurance rate increases in 2002/2003. FCIA formed
relationships with Pat McCarthy, Mesirow - 630.705.2019; Brian
Courtney, B.G. Balmer - 610.647.8880; Robert Larsen, Member
Services Group, 630.654.3000. As Robert Larson told attendees
at the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference, "FCIA isn't
big enough to form an insurance buying group...yet".
However, there are options according to each of these professionals.
Contact them to get an honest opinion on your current situation.
ASME Meeting - Richard Keeney, Firestop International, Inc.
attended the ASME A112.20.01 Meeting in New Orleans recently.
The Group has been developing a "Standard for Firestop
Installers". FCIA has been involved to steer the standard's
responsibility focus from the installer to the firm AND installer.
Thanks, Richard, for volunteering a day out of your schedule
to represent FCIA at the ASME Committee Meeting.
AFSCC - AFS - Acronyms, and more acronyms. The Association
for Fire, Smoke Containment and Control, consists of the organizations
in the passive fire protection industry including: penetration
firestopping, joint protection materials, duct and damper
systems, fire resistive floor and wall materials as well as
structural fire protection materials and smoke resistant materials
and systems. It's charge is to unite the Passive Fire Protection
industry to promote the value of balanced fire protection
design in the built environment through education. The AFS,
Association for Fire Safety, is a Committee of AFSCC, whose
primary focus is to incorporate the UBC height and area table
into NFPA 5000 and IBC 2000 Codes, reducing sprinkler trade
offs. The Height and Area tables determine whether or not
there is containment required in a building. Kathy Taraba,
1 Source Firestop, Inc. has been actively involved in the
AFSCC and AFS. There is an organized PR Campaign run by the
AFS to restore containment into codes. It needs financial
commitments from our industry to be successful. When the request
for contribution arrives at the office, think of how you can
help the group create better life safety through compartmentation
and firestopping. This is an investment in life safety and
FCIA Director & Member Articles in the press - FCIA and
Firestopping have been highlighted in the June Issue of the
"Insulation Outlook" Magazine, the July "Construction
Specifier", and the fall issue of "The Licensed
Architect". Watch www.fcia.org in mid July to view the
articles. FCIA Executive Director, Bill McHugh, wrote the
articles with review from the FCIA Board of Directors. Ray
Bruno, Specified Technologies, Inc. and Karen Layng, Esq.,
Vedder-Price also had articles published in the "Insulation
Outlook". Ray's article also appeared in the International
Fire Protection Magazine. Our industry is actively promoting
the virtues of a balanced approach to Fire and Life Safety
FCIA Member Drive - FCIA
Announces a new "Firestop Contractor Member" drive
for 2003. FCIA Logo Sportswear & other prizes will be
given to the top 5 FCIA new member "ambassadors"
at the Firestop Industry Conference in November. FCIA is the
place to be...... Bring a prospective member to FCIA's website,
www.fcia.org , while on the phone, or face to face, to promote
the benefits of FCIA membership. Once FCIA's industry impact,
resources, and dynamics are understood, the value FCIA membership
offers more than offsets the financial investment !! We track
new member recruiting by the "Sponsor Name" on the
FCIA Membership Form. Make sure your name is listed to receive
credit towards FCIA Merchandise Rewards.
FCIA Office Vacation - From June 17 to July 1st, the FCIA
Office will be closed for vacation, "CSI University"
and CSI's Institute Board Meeting in Philadelphia. Enjoy the
rest of June and we look forward to serving you after July
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