02/18/21

Registration is open for ECA ’21, the FCIA Education & Committee Action Hybrid Conference, heading to the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza this May 10-13. Attend – either In-Person OR Online – with the same access and benefits regardless of how you get there. Register Today

02/18/21

Thank you to all who tuned in to yesterday’s ‘Maintaining Protection of Gypsum Assemblies’ webinar with Kyle Flondor of USG. It’s always great having Kyle present because he always brings strong technical content and a wealth of knowledge. And, we had great interaction and participation from the crowd with thought-provoking questions, some that even stumped […]

02/04/21

The FCIA Board of Directors met this week to strategize FCIA’s 2021 actions and initiatives. From Accreditation, Education, Code and Standards to Program, Labeling, FM & UL Contractor Programs, Inspection, and a lot more, the FCIA Board developed a comprehensive and consistent plan of action for the year. Watch as new and existing program announcements […]

01/29/21

Where can you go to find experts in the fields of Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation and Barrier Management Services? The FCIA Member Lists of course! Here you’ll find the leading experts and providers for all aspects of high-quality fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant assemblies and Barrier Management Services. Find a provider near you today!

01/26/21

Registration is open for the February webinar in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series ’21. Don’t miss ‘Maintaining Protection of Gypsum Assemblies’ with Kyle Flondor, USG’s Fire Systems Lead, Building Science, as he covers proper design and systems selection through the UL Product iQ. Then, follow along as he dives into the patching and repair of […]

01/19/21

Thank you to all who attended today’s ‘Firestopping & Standards – An In-Depth Look at the Multiple Ratings of Firestop Systems’ with Rich Walke (CTI for FCIA), the opening session in the 2021 FCIA Educational Webinar Series. Stay tuned for information on the February session. Missed it? You can find the presentation here.

01/14/21

The Firestop Contractors International Association announces the all-new FCIA Firestop Certificate of Achievement Program for Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor personnel and Firestop Special Inspection Agency personnel who want to immerse themselves in the world of firestopping and fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant assemblies. Stay tuned to www.FCIA.org and the January e-News for more information!

FCIA Announces Career Firestop Education Program

The Firestop Contractors International Association announces the all-new FCIA Firestop Certificate of Achievement Program for Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor personnel and Firestop Special Inspection Agency personnel who want to immerse themselves in the world of firestopping and fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant assemblies. The program features four (4) levels of VIRTUAL and / or face-to-face education starting […]

FCIA Offers FREE FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice

Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) is the recognized industry-leader in education, advocacy, and expertise on the firestop and effective compartmentation industry. To fill a need in the construction industry, FCIA developed the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice (MOP). The comprehensive resource guide is now the firestop industry’s most definitive handbook of accepted firestop and effective […]

01/07/12

Wait for it… The ALL NEW Life Safety Digest 2021 Print + Digital Planning Guide is here! Formerly the Life Safety Digest Media Kit, the redesigned Print + Digital Planning Guide offers exciting new print and digital advertising opportunities across the Life Safety Digest and FCIA platforms that will fit with any budget. Learn more […]

Life Safety Digest, The Magazine of Effective Compartmentation

The newest issue of Life Safety Digest, The Magazine of Effective Compartmentation, has arrived! Check out the Multi-Family and Industrial occupancy issue, and don’t miss articles like: ‘The History of Firestopping’; ‘Insulating To Manage Three Process Challenges in the Industrial Environment’; ‘Don’t Fail Building Inspections’; and more! Read it online today!

12/18/20

Happy holidays from FCIA! Wishing you and yours a season of cheer with peace and joy to last the year! In observance of the holiday season, the FCIA Office will be closed December 24-25 and December 31-January 1, 2021. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 4, 2021.

12/17/20

Ever wonder how the firestopping industry developed? Check out this program on the ‘History of Standards – Firestopping and More’, based on the program from Rich Walke (formerly of UL) and Luke Woods (UL) from FIC ’19. The session looks at the firestopping industry from its early beginnings to today, including how it might evolve […]

12/16/20

Registration is open for the first session in the 2021 FCIA Educational Webinar Series, ‘Firestopping & Standards – An In-Depth Look at the Multiple Ratings of Firestop Systems’, with Rich Walke (CTI/FCIA). The session, the second in a multi-session series, dives in deep on the F-, T-, L-, W-, M-, E-, and A-Ratings. When: Wednesday, […]

12/16/20

Thanks to all who attended the final session in the 2020 FCIA Educational Webinar Series, ‘Firestopping & Standards – Product and System Suitability for Use’, with Rich Walke (CTI/FCIA). Copies of today’s program can be found in the Presentations Archive. Make sure to tune in for the 2021 FCIA Educational Webinar Series, featuring programs that […]

12/01/20

The International Firestop Council has issued a statement on CPVC and Firestopping. The source of the document comes from the following passage at the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association’s website, https://www.ppfahome.org/page/CPVC, “Don’t Do’s For All Construction –Do not use petroleum or solvent based sealants, lubricants, or fire stop materials.” As with all compatibility issues, verify […]

11/30/20

Thank you to all who partnered on and who attended the FCIA – ASTM Virtual Fire-Resistance-Rated and Smoke-Resistant Assemblies & Existing Buildings Virtual Event last week. Sessions were dynamic and a great warm-up for a future in-person event in 2021. Missed it? That’s ok! Videos and PDFs of the presentations can be found online!

11/25/20

Thanks to all who participated in this week’s first-ever FCIA – ASTM Fire-Resistance-Rated & Smoke-Resistant Assemblies & Existing Buildings Webinar Series. The abridged event was a teaser for a future in-person event to be held in 2021 in the Gulf Region. With great collaboration, two-days of dynamite speakers were present, delivering sessions that were top-notch! […]

11/23/20

The first-ever FCIA – ASTM Fire-Resistance-Rated & Smoke-Resistant Assemblies & Existing Buildings Virtual Event starts today! Together with FM Approvals, ICC, Thomas Bell-Wright International, and UL, the FCIA – ASTM joint virtual event features two-days of webinars focused on fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant topics relevant to the Gulf region. Register today!

09/29/20

The FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada opens tomorrow! Don’t miss this three-day event focused on the firestop industry in Canada. Sessions cover a wide-range of topics from FCIA’s ‘DIIM’ of Firestopping to the National Building Code of Canada, Code Requirements for Fire-Resistance to Mass Wood Timber Buildings, Expansion Joints to Fire-Separation Management, and more! Register […]

09/25/20

Calling all people who Design, Install, Inspect, or Maintain firestop systems in Canada: Are you interested in FREE Virtual Firestop Education? Register Today for the FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada! The virtual event runs September 30 – October 2 and is totally free to attend. Don’t wait. Register Today!

09/18/20

FCIA Contractor & Special Inspection Agency Members: Are you interested in third-party accreditation programs? Are you looking to prepare for the FM or UL-ULC Firestop Exams? Registration is now open for the ‘FCIA Education for the Firestop Exams’ test prep webinar. When: Wednesday, October 14Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT Register Today!

09/17/20

Registration is now open for ‘Firestopping Inspection’, the October session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series ’20. This session is the continuation of the September program, including new content not covered before. When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today

09/16/20

There’s only two weeks left to register for the FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada. Join FCIA this September 30-October 2 for three-days of firestop education specifically tailored to the firestop industry in Canada. Registration is FREE! Register once to attend all sessions. Learn More

09/11/20

Registration is open for the FCIA Virtual ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada. Attend this FREE three-day event for virtual education sessions focused on the firestop industry in Canada. If you design, install, inspect, or maintain firestop and effective compartmentation systems for buildings in Canada, you cannot afford to miss this event. Learn more

09/08/20

Have you registered yet for FIC ’20, the FCIA Firestop Industry Hybrid Conference & Trade Show? This year’s agenda focuses on the elements of Barrier Management, plus so much more! Register to attend in-person or online. Early registration discounts end September 27, so Register Today! Learn more

09/03/20

The FCIA ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada goes virtual this month! Those involved in the design, installation, inspection, and maintenance of firestop and effective compartment systems for projects and buildings all over Canada can take advantage of this FREE three-day virtual event this September 30-October 2. Learn more Register Today!

08/19/20

Thank you to all who attended today’s session ‘Firestopping and Existing Buildings’. And thanks to Rich Walke for co-presenting the session. You can find the presentation here. Be sure to tune in for next month’s session, ‘Firestopping Inspection’, on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 am CDT.

08/12/20

FCIA’s Webinar Series has a great history of providing education on Firestopping: Penetrations, Joints, and Voids; fire-resistance and features of fire-resistance – Fire/Smoke Dampers, Fire Doors, Fire Rated Glazing, and much more. FCIA Members get access to FREE archived webinar recordings. If you know someone who should be a member, forward this to them!

07/29/20

What responsibility does the building owner and manager have to maintain the fire-resistance-rated and smoke-resistant building elements and assemblies? And, what are the required elements of an inventory of fire-resistance? This article from Life Safety Digest takes a look at these very questions and outlines the code requirements for the maintenance of fire-resistance. Check it […]

07/16/20

Specifications requiring that firestop systems be installed by an “FCIA Member, FM 4991 or UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor, and educated by the manufacturer” are being seen more and more in the industry – a sign that firestopping is gaining respect these days. Check out the FCIA 07-84-00 specification here.

07/14/20

ASHE announced today that their ASHE Annual Conference & Expo will be a Virtual event this year. The event will be October 5-7 and will feature the same top-notch education sessions and dynamic trade show floor attendees have come to expect from the in-person event. Click here for more information and to register.

07/07/20

As the world continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, several industry events have had to make the difficult decision to either cancel or modify their event in some way. Some of the most recent to announce event changes are CONSTRUCT, which has transitioned to a Virtual Event October 7-8, 2020, and IFMA […]

07/01/20

Looking to join FCIA? Want to spotlight your company to building owners and managers looking for a Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor? Now’s the time to join! First-time members join now for only $690 USD*! Contact Cathy Burns to learn more about member benefits, including the $600 discount on the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice.

06/29/20

The FCIA Standards Committee is working at ASTM to build a standard for labeling firestop products that have been installed next to the firestop system assembly. This initiative will bring heightened importance to firestopping in buildings. The first ballot goes out late-summer. Stay tuned for more information later this year.

06/25/20

Check out the Manufacturer Spotlight section in the latest issue of Life Safety Digest! Each Manufacturer highlighted brings a different voice to the firestop and effective compartmentation conversation. Hear what each has to say today! And thank you to each for your continued commitment to improved fire- and life-safety in the built environment!

06/25/20

FCIA recently announced the 2020 recipients of the FCIA President’s Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to Kelliann Lee and Rebekah Schrader, both students at University of Maryland – College Park, for your academic excellence! We look forward to seeing all the big things they’ll do with the firestop and effective compartmentation industry.

06/15/20

As COVID-19 continues to affect the world on a global scale, FCIA has decided to cancel the FCIA Firestop & Effective Compartmentation ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada, originally planned for Halifax, NS this September. Look for more information on the 2021 event at www.fcia.org/fcia-conferences-symposiums/. We look forward to seeing our friends at this wonderful event in 2021.

06/09/20

FCIA Members: Did you hear about the new FCIA initiative announced during Virtual ECA ’20? “If everyone at FCIA educates someone about what firestopping and effective compartmentation is – and the importance of our industry – we’ll make a difference in the demand for safe buildings delivered by FCIA Members,” said FCIA Board President Ben […]

New FCIA Fire and Life Safety Improvements Initiative

At FCIA’s Virtual ECA ’20 Conference, FCIA launched a new initiative to get fire and life safety improvements using the FCIA’s ‘DIIM’ for Existing Buildings. FCIA’s 2020 President Ben Urcavich stated, “The world pays attention to sprinklers and alarms, what about effective compartmentation and its many benefits? FCIA Members provide the services needed – with […]

ECA ’20 Goes Virtual

On April 21-24, FCIA Members and some non-members tuned in for the first-ever Virtual ECA ’20, four days of two-hour webinars on various aspects of firestop education. Read more in the May issue of the FCIA Newsletter, including a highlight of sessions: Economics with Anirban Basu (Sage Policy Group) Air and Smoke Movement with Chris […]

06/02/20

Specialty Firestop Installation Contractors and Firestop Special Inspection Agencies: Looking for info on the FCIA Professional Liability Insurance program (through the Norman Spencer Insurance Company)? Find the information under the Resources tab. Learn more

05/27/20

Thank you to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘FCIA & COVID-19: Information for Contractors’ with the attorneys of Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, PC. The session covered a wealth of information, including the Families First Coronavirus Act, contract issues, economic assistance available for contractors, and so much more. Check it out today!

05/20/20

With many states in the US starting to ‘open up’, there are still many questions surrounding employer and employee responsibility, best practices for reducing exposure, social distancing, and more. Check out the guidelines from the USA Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the USA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Consult local resources, rules, and […]

05/13/20

Effective compartmentation and passive fire protection create havens of safety, egress passages, and so much more.  These systems need to be maintained like any other building system to be effective and to protect as designed. Find a Barrier Management Services Provider near you

05/05/20

Due to travel restrictions still in place and continued concern due to the global coronavirus outbreak, FCIA events in Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE have been postponed again. FCIA made the decision to postpone the events a second time to keep FCIA members, delegate attendees, and staff safe during the pandemic. Stay tuned to FCIA.org […]

FCIA Doha & Dubai Events Postponed Until Later Date

Due to travel restrictions still in place due to the global coronavirus outbreak, FCIA events in Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE have been postponed again. The events, originally scheduled for February, were previously postponed to late-May/early-June. Unfortunately, concerns surrounding COVID-19 continue to persist globally, so FCIA has made the decision to postpone the events a […]

05/05/20

Effective compartmentation starts with a fire-resistance-rated assembly – possibly built from gypsum wallboard. Properly patching fire-resistance-rated gypsum wallboard maintains fire-resistance. Check out the Gypsum Association’s new video for patching fire-resistance-rated assemblies protected with gypsum wallboard. https://lnkd.in/egBU8ns

04/27/20

FCIA Committee meetings started today. Can’t wait to see all the good work FCIA Committee members collaborate on in the next few weeks! Thank you to all the FCIA Members who volunteer their time and talents serving on FCIA Committees. Want to get involved? Inquire today!

04/24/20

The first-ever Virtual ECA ’20 wrapped today, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Every session was phenomenal, and the interaction with attendees was inspiring. Thanks to Bill Koffel, Doug Erickson, and Kelly Mason for their presentations today. FCIA Members, check them out in the Members Only section!

04/23/20

Mark Day 3 of Virtual ECA ’20 in the books! Thanks to all who participated and attended to make today another successful session. Thanks to Rich Walke (FCIA) and Samantha Peterson (3M) for their dynamic presentations today. Both brought great interaction and feedback from attendees. FCIA Members: Find today’s presentations in the Members Only section. […]

04/22/20

Another stellar day for Virtual ECA ’20, the Virtual FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference! Thanks to all who attended. Thanks to all who presented. Tune in for Day 3 tomorrow (Thursday, April 23) at 10:00 am CDT! Register Now FCIA Members: Find today’s sessions in the Members Only section.

04/21/20

Thanks to the FCIA Members who attended the first day of the Virtual ECA ’20! Attendance was stellar. Sessions were phenomenal. Can’t wait to see what Day 2 brings! Missed it? That’s ok. FCIA Members can check out the presentations in the Members Only section. Plus, there’s still three days left! Register once. Attend one, […]

04/21/20

Virtual ECA ’20 starts today! Four days (April 21-24) filled with various one-hour webinar sessions all focused on firestop and industry education. It’s open to FCIA Members and their employees and is totally free to attend! Register once. Attend one, two, three, or four days. Register Now!

03/26/20

Register today for ‘Fire Barrier Management & UL: The UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program, the MACC Program, & Firestop Special Inspection’ with UL’s Ruben Sandoval, Jr., the April session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series. When: Wednesday, April 29Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today!

FCIA Update on ECA ’20

The FCIA Board of Directors met to discuss ECA ’20, the FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference. Due to the current global situation and the Board’s efforts to act in the best interest of the membership, the FCIA Board has decided to cancel the program. FCIA’s Board feels strongly that the value brought to the […]

03/25/20

Thank you to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘Fire Codes, Building Codes, and Building Barrier Management – Firestops and More’. Missed it? Find the presentation online here. Be sure to tune in for next month’s session, ‘Firestop and UL: The UL-ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor Program, the Master Certificate of Compliance, and Firestop Special Inspection’, with […]

03/18/20

Thanks to all the FCIA Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special Inspection Agency members who tuned in for today’s ‘FCIA Education for the Firestop Exams’ webinar. Although there were a few technical difficulties to get us started, the session was well-attended by Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special Inspection Agency members looking to pursue third-party […]

03/11/20

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, FCIA has received a few questions about the upcoming ECA ’20 event in Kansas City, MO. FCIA leadership and staff are watching the situation closely with keen eye for the health and welfare of FCIA’s attendees, staff, and speakers. Learn more

Barrier Management Video Series Available Online

The Barrier Management Symposium is a one- or two-day Symposium hosted around North America by ASHE regions and chapters, APPA chapters, ICC chapters, and others that features technical education from industry experts on the various elements of Barrier Management. Developed to educate and increase awareness about how various barriers are ‘D’esigned, ‘I’nstalled, ‘I’nspected, and ‘M’aintained […]

02/25/20

The Barrier Management Symposium is a one- or two-day Symposium hosted around North America by ASHE regions and chapters, APPA chapters, ICC chapters, and others that features technical education from industry experts on the various elements of Barrier Management. But did you know you can also find the Barrier Management Symposium Video Series online? Check […]

02/20/20

This month, FCIA events and the FM & UL-ULC Firestop Exams scheduled in Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE had to be postponed because of travel restrictions in place. Both events have been rescheduled to June. Learn more* If you were registered for the February dates, you do not need to re-register. FCIA Fire Code and […]

02/15/20

Due to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak, travel restrictions are now implemented, affecting FCIA events in Doha and Qatar. These events will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for more information on the new dates for theFCIA Fire Code and FSB ‘DIIM’ Symposium DohaandFCIA Fire Code and Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting Dubai Our deepest apologies to […]

BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo Teams up with FCIA and Life Safety Digest

The 2020 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo is the premier CRE industry event. It boasts a full schedule of new educational content, the latest technology, innovative solutions and prime networking. Once again, the BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo welcomes FCIA and Life Safety Digest to bring firestop and effective compartmentation education to the commercial real […]

Professional Liability Insurance for FCIA Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members

Specialty Firestop Installation Contractors and Special Inspection Agencies can now take advantage of a new FCIA endorsed Professional Liability Insurance program with The Norman Spencer Insurance Group. FCIA’s leadership worked with The Norman Spencer Insurance Group to assemble a program that closes the gap between General Liability Insurance and Professional Liability Insurance that understands your business, your operations, your […]

Registration NOW OPEN for ECA ’20

Note the change in dates – ECA ’20 will be a Monday-Thursday pattern this year. Plan accordingly! Registration is NOW OPEN for ECA ’20, the FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference. Heading to the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza this May 11-14, the event features FCIA Committee round table meetings, the FM & UL-ULC […]

FCIA Fire Code Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting

InterContinental Dubai Marina | Dubai, UAE7-9 June 2020 FCIA heads to Dubai, UAE and the InterContinental Dubai Marina this 7-9 June 2020 for the FCIA Fire Code and Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting and the FM & UL Firestop Exams. Specialty Firestop Installation Contractors and Special Inspection Agencies seeking third-party accreditation can kick-off their […]

01/28/20

Registration is now open for ECA ’20, the FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference, heading to the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, MO this May 11-14, 2020*. *Please note the dates for this event. ECA ’20 will be a Monday-Thursday pattern this year.

01/08/20

Registration is Now Open for two FCIA events in the Middle East, as well as the FM & UL Firestop Exams! 18-20 February 2020FCIA Fire Code and FSB ‘DIIM’ Symposium Doha, Qatar 23-25 February 2020FCIA Fire Code and Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting Dubai, UAE

12/18/19

Thank you to all who attended ‘The FCIA Educational Webinar Series: A Year in Review’, the final session in the 2019 FCIA FREE Educational Webinar Series. Couldn’t make it?  That’s ok!  Find the recording here. Check out the 2020 schedule.

20th Anniversary FIC ’19 – A Success

FCIA celebrated our 20th Anniversary at a hugely successful FIC ’19, the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show. The event, held at the Trump National Doral Miami in Miami, FL, welcomed a dynamic lineup of Speakers, Exhibitors, Attendees, and Honorees for our highest attended event ever. Attendees were treated to a multitude of surprises […]

Successful FCIA ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada Educates Many in Montreal

The FCIA Firestop & Effective Compartmentation ‘DIIM’ Symposium Canada, held in Montreal, QC September 25, 2019, brought many Firestop Contractors, Special Inspection Agency personnel, Manufacturers, AHJs and more together for a full-day of education focused on the ‘DIIM’ of Firestopping – the proper ‘D’esign, ‘I’nstallation, ‘I’nspection, and ‘M’aintenance of installed firestop systems. The event featured […]

Professional Liability Insurance for FCIA Inspection Agency/Consultant and Contractor Members

The new FCIA endorsed Professional Liability Insurance program with The Norman Spencer Insurance Group provides coverage to protect Firestop Inspection Agencies and Firestop Contractors. Professional Liability coverage closes gaps in General Liability policies for Firestop Contractors. The FCIA Program is underwritten by Lloyds of London. Learn more

FCIA Member Firestopping Services are the Best Option Anywhere

FCIA Contractor Members provide many services. FCIA Associate Members are valuable assets to all. FCIA Member Firestop Inspection Agencies inspect to ASTM E2174, ASTM E2393, required by the IBC’s Chapter 17. FCIA Member Firestop Manufacturers, Manufacturers Reps & Distributors provide products to those that make them ‘SYSTEMS’ after installation to System Designs and Manufacturers Installation […]

Firestop Videos

FCIA Friends at Underwriters Laboratories and IFC produced a nice UL/IFC Video on firestopping. Check it and FCIA’s sample Firestop Containment Worker education video.Our industry is working for better reliability through education at all levels of the industry.

10/03/19

NOTICE – FCIA Voting Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members – Elections for the FCIA Board of Directors are here! Every vote counts. Meet the candidates, and then submit your vote* today! MEET THE CANDIDATES! *One vote per Voting Member company.

09/19/19

Looking ahead to plan for FCIA events in 2020? Make sure to attend ECA ’20 in Kansas City, MO May 10-14, 2020. NOTE: Take special notice of the dates for ECA ’20. The event will begin on Monday, May 11 with the Education for the Firestop Exams sessions and will end on Thursday, May 14 […]