US Department of Labor Issues Emergency Temporary Standard

On Sept. 9, US President Biden announced that the US Dept. of Labor will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.    When published in the Federal Register, the ETS will become effective immediately in states under OSHA […]

FCIA Firestop Certificate of Achievement Education Program (FCAEP)

Announcing the NEW multi-level FCIA Certificate of Achievement Education Program (FCAEP). The FCAEP brings the student a depth of knowledge in firestopping and other effective compartmentation elements and assemblies and allows them to separate themselves from those that don’t know firestopping by providing personnel a verifiable level of competence in the field of firestopping and […]

Life Safety Digest, The Magazine of Effective Compartmentation

The newest issue of Life Safety Digest, The Magazine of Effective Compartmentation, is here! Check out the Health Care occupancy focused issue for articles on: ‘Mobile Containment Units Assist in the Fight Against Airborne Related Infections’; ‘Total Barrier Management Reduces Airborne Infection Risk in Healthcare’; ‘Field Modifications of Fire, Smoke, and Combination Fire/Smoke Dampers’; ‘2021 […]

UL Announces New Field Business Manager

Ruben Sandoval, Jr. has been selected as Field Business Manager for the Lightning Protection Program – Specialty Engineering. Ruben will lead Field Engineering’s Lightning Protection and Fire Barrier Programs teams, whose focus is on serving critical technical and compliance needs in the inspection and auditing area. Ruben is currently overseeing operation for UL Fire Barrier […]

Tips for Managing Volatile Materials Pricing

FCIA recently posted tips from the law office of Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel on how to manage volatile materials pricing challenges. “Recent price volatility of construction materials, including, but not limited to, steel, copper, lumber, and PVC, has left contractors faced with another challenge in completing their work at the price they quoted.” Read […]

FCIA Certificate of Achievement Education Program (FCAEP)

Announcing the NEW multi-level FCIA Certificate of Achievement Education Program (FCAEP). The FCIA Certificate of Achievement Education Program (FCAEP) brings the student a depth of knowledge in firestopping and other effective compartmentation elements and assemblies and allows them to separate themselves from those that don’t know firestopping by providing Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Special […]

Registration Opens for ECA ’21

Registration is now open for ECA ’21, the FCIA Education & Committee Action Hybrid Conference. The event, which opens at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, MO this May 10-13, features technical industry education, the FM & UL-ULC Firestop Exams, FCIA Committee meetings, the FCIA Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 “News You Can Use” Blog

Check out this Blog regularly to see what’s going on in the industry. Maintaining Fire-Resistant-Rated and Smoke-Resistant Assemblies…Yes, It’s Critical FCIA recommends that all parts of Total Fire Protection be continuously, maintained. Read the rest in the “News You Can Use” Blog.

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.