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 […]


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.


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.


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 […]


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.


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.


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!


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.


Register today for ‘The History of Standards – Firestopping & More’ with Rich Walke, the July session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series. When: Wednesday, July 22Time: 10:00 am CDT Register today!


FCIA Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members: One day left to register for ‘FCIA Education for the Firestop Exams’. When: Wednesday, June 17Time: 10:00 am CDT – 2:00 pm CDT Register Today!


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.


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 […]


Register today for ‘The FM 4991 Approval Process for Firestop Contractors’, presented by Joseph Nunes (FM Approvals), the June session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series. When: Tuesday, June 23Time: 10:00 am CDT Register Today


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


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!


Containing hot gasses, smoke, and fire to the point of origin is a key component in life safety. For a list of Specialty Firestop Installation Contractors and Barrier Management Service Providers near you, check the FCIA Member Lists!


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 […]


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


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 […]


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


FCIA and Life Safety Digest are proud to partner with CONSTRUCT again this September 30-October 2 in Grapevine, TX. Be sure to stop by the FCIA booth and pick-up your copy of Life Safety Digest! Learn more


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!


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!


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. […]


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.


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, […]


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!