We at FCIA hope your summer has been productive both professionally
and personally. Although summer can be a busy time in our
construction industry, it's also the time families can get
together for quality time on vacation, and we can all recharge
for a busy fall. Below are a few of the highlights of happenings
at FCIA. Call, fax, or email us news so we can share it with
the rest of the group!
FCIA Program Committee (Bob LeClair, A.F. Underhill,
Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop, LLC chairs) has been busy since the
Denver "FCIA Education and Committee Action Meeting",
planning the upcoming "FCIA Firestop Industry Conference".
The conference is November 6-8, at Opryland Hotel, Nashville,
TN. Themed "FCIA Leadership through Standards" the
program will feature industry leading speakers, seminars,
a golf tournament, industry dinner and the opportunity to
take the "FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractor"
- Designated Responsible Individual, (DRI) Test. Check the
website, www.fcia.org for more details. Print and send the
Faxback response form to secure your reservation.
Congratulations to Ray Usher & Tom Thoresen, (SUPERL,
Inc., Fridley, MN), recipients of the "First Check received
for the Firestop Industry Conference" award! Plan now
for the April 30 - May 2, 2003, "FCIA Education and Committee
Action Meeting", Las Vegas, NV. See www.fcia.org for
FCIA Members Russell Budd and Rachelle Dover, (Wall Systems
of Southwest Florida, Naples, FL) orchestrated a very successful
Lee and Collier County Fire Marshal's Association firestop
inspection education session. They recruited both IFC and
FCIA to present programs about "How to inspect Firestopping",
by IFC.... and FCIA's program on "Why use an FM 4991
Approved Firestop Contractor, and the ASTM E 2174 Inspection
Standard". They organized tabletop display booths for
the manufacturers, while attendees inspected "mock ups"
made by Wall Systems of Southwest Florida. With almost 200
people in attendance, the two - half day sessions were a roaring
FCIA Elections - 2003 Directors - Are you interested
in making a difference in the Firestopping Industry? To get
real involved, become an FCIA Board Member. Any voting (contractor)
member can be nominated for the position. You can even nominate
yourself! Visit www.fcia.org , Board info, to read the description
and responsibilities of Board of Directors. The commitment
includes two extra meetings per year (Board meetings), teleconferences,
being responsive to emails, and spending quality time and
travel, donated to our industry. For your investment in time
and money, you will be involved in the personally rewarding
experience of Board Membership.
FCIA Committee News - FCIA Committees are alive and
FCIA Accreditation Committee - Continues to work
on the "Inspector Firm Standard", a program much
like FM 4991 Contractor Approval, to verify the quality process
of a firestop inspection firm that might inspect FCIA Member
FCIA Codes Committee - Bill Koffel, FCIA Code Consultant
represented FCIA at the Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Conference, and at NFPA Meetings in addition to International
Building Code meetings. His credibility nationwide is excellent
for FCIA and life safety through Firestopping.
FCIA Marketing Committee - FCIA's Logo was prominently
displayed to the 10,000 attendees in the Construction Specifications
Institute's CSI Show Program Guide and at the Opening Keynote
Speaker Session on the "Powerpoint screens". FCIA
sponsored a portion of the Student Program at "The CSI
Show" and received much publicity. Kathy Taraba, 1 Source
Firestop, Inc., Renee Woodruff, F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc. and Bill
McHugh, FCIA Executive Director, all attended the CSI Show
in Las Vegas, Nevada. And, Bill McHugh presented FCIA, FM
4991 and ASTM E 2174 to the "Specification Consultants
in Independent Practice" annual meeting session during
Don Murphy, (PPMI Firestop, Inc., Indianapolis, IN) and
Bill Hoos have been
working on new Brochure Layouts for FCIA. Look for results
of their efforts at the Firestop Industry Conference this
FCIA Technical Committee - Mike Dominguez, (Firestop
Specialties, Miami, FL, Chair) and the Technical Committee
are reviewing how CSI's Masterformat will be changing. Firestopping
may move from the current Division 7 to a new "Life Safety"
Division. Additionally, there could be 40+ divisions in the
new CSI Masterformat Concept Document. The CSI Masterformat
Task Team is researching the need for more divisions in Masterformat.
If you want to view the draft, visit their website.
FCIA Education Committee - Bob Patton, (FireSafe Systems,
Inc., Meriden, CT, Chiar) sent a message to the industry looking
for pictures, etc., for the FCIA Education Program. If you
have any of these pieces, please forward them to the FCIA
Office for use by the committee.
FCIA In the News - FCIA has been featured in an article
from the Daily Commercial News, (CMD Canada's Publication).
The article focuses on the need for educated contractors (FCIA
Members and/or FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractors) for
Firestop Systems contracts. Visit the FCIA website, www.fcia.org
to read the articles.
FCIA "E-Survey" Questions - From time to
time, we'll use this space for general market research. Your
information will remain confidential, unless you direct us
to associate it with you or your firm. A summary will appear
on the FCIA Website, and the next E-Newsletter. What is the
size of the Firestopping Market in North America? Ductwrap
Size? What is the percentage of contracts awarded to "Specialty
Firestop Contractors" in your area?
Best wishes for the remaining summer days!
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
1257 Golf Circle ~ Wheaton, IL 60187
630.690.0682 office ~ 630.690.2871 fax
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