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 out!


07/27/20: The latest issue of the FCIA Newsletter is here! Read it online today!


07/22/20: Register today for ‘Firestopping and Existing Buildings’, the August session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series.

When: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 10:00 am CDT

Register Today!


07/22/20: Thank you to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘The History of Standards – Firestopping & More’, with Rich Walke (FCIA). Missed it? That’s ok. Find the presentation here.


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.


07/09/20: Gimme an F! Gimme an I! Gimme a C! What’s that spell?

Save the Date for FIC ’20!
October 27-30, 2020

Stay tuned to www.FCIA.org for updates!


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 World Workplace, which has moved both the date and location of their event.

FCIA continues to support both of these events and will be participating in the re-imagined events later this year.

Learn more


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.


06/30/20: In honor of the US Independence Day holiday, the FCIA office will be closed Friday, July 3.

Have a safe and happy holiday! Happy birthday, America!


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.


06/24/20: Register today for ‘The History of Standards – Firestopping & More’ with Rich Walke, the July session in the FCIA Educational Webinar Series.

When: Wednesday, July 22
Time: 10:00 am CDT

Register today!


06/23/20: The newest issue of Life Safety Digest is here! Read it online today!


06/17/20: FCIA promotional items are now available for purchase online!


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 Urcavich. Read more


06/05/20: The latest issue of the FCIA Newsletter is here! Read it online now!


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!


05/21/20: 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!


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 regulations for guidance on how to deal with these issues by you.


05/14/20: We’re putting together the next issue of Life Safety Digest. Look for the health care focused issue to land in your inbox in the next several weeks.


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


05/07/20: The newest issue of the FCIA Newsletter is here! Read it online today


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 for updates on these and other FCIA events around the world.


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


05/04/20: Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, the BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo has moved to an all-virtual platform. The 2020 event will be July 7-9, and will be live and online.


04/30/20: 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


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.

Tune-in tomorrow, Friday, April 24, for the final sessions in the Virtual ECA ’20 lineup!


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!

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.


04/20/20: OSHA recently provided guidance on when an illness due to COVID-19 is recordable. Thanks to HPSS for compiling and passing along this information. Learn more


04/08/20: The US Department of Labor recently published regulations clarifying paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Read more


04/07/20: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act establishes several programs to provide financial assistance to businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More


03/31/20: Check out this fantastic resource regarding each state’s position on the continuation or suspension of construction during COVID-19. Thank you to Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel PC for putting out such great info. Read it online


03/26/20: The newest edition of the FCIA Newsletter is here! Check it out online.


03/25/20: Yesterday, the Department of Labor issued a notice poster for employers to display pursuant to the new paid sick leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Learn More


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 Ruben Sandoval, Jr. (UL), April 29.


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 accreditation programs and the Firestop Exams.

Members can find a recording of today’s session in the Members Only section.


03/17/20: The FCIA Board has posted an updated response to the current COVID-19 developments. Read more


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


03/10/20: This June, FCIA and Life Safety Digest partner with BOMA for the 2020 BOMA International Expo. Register by May 15 to save! And be sure to grab your copy of Life Safety Digest while there! Learn more


03/04/20: Did you know FCIA has a LinkedIn company page? Check it out today for industry updates, FCIA news, events, and so much more! Connect with FCIA


03/01/20: Because of travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus, the FCIA Fire Code and Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting and FM & UL Firestop Exams in Dubai, UAE have been rescheduled to 7-9 June 2020. Learn more


02/29/20: Interested parties in the Middle East looking for firestop education and the FM & UL Firestop Exams can register to attend the rescheduled FCIA Fire Code and Fire & Smoke Barrier ‘DIIM’ Symposium Doha this 2-4 June 2020 in Doha, Qatar. Learn More


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 it out today!


02/21/20: Yo…how you doin’? The new FCIA.org is live! Tell us what you think


02/20/20: The newest issue of the FCIA Newsletter is here! Read it online today.


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 the FCIA Fire Code and FSB ‘DIIM’ Symposium Doha
and FCIA Fire Code and Firestop & Effective Compartmentation Membership Meeting Dubai

Our deepest apologies to those affected by the postponement. We appreciate your patience as we sort this out.


02/12/20: Thanks to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘Firestopping, System Design Listings, Properties, and More’. Missed it? Want to revisit a topic that was covered? Find past sessions here!


01/28/20: Thanks to all who attended today’s webinar, ‘FCIA’s ‘DIIM’ – Back to Basics’. Check it out online.


01/23/20: Check out photos from FCIA’s FIC ’19 and the 20th Anniversary Celebration.


01/22/20: Order your FCIA-branded Shirts, Pullovers, and Insulated Tumblers today. Men’s and Ladies sizes available. Order Today!


01/15/20: FCIA programs in the Middle East focus on the fire codes and firestop & effective compartmentation. Learn more


01/14/20: FCIA  Specialty Firestop Installation Contractor and Barrier Management Services members know Firestopping and Barriers! 

Find a FCIA Contractor Member

Find a FCIA Barrier Management Services Member


01/09/20: The 2020 FCIA Board of Directors met this week for the first Board meeting of 2020. Discussion was productive. Stay tuned for news of what’s in store for FCIA in 2020 and beyond.


01/07/20: Join FCIA in welcoming your 2020 Board PresidentBen Urcavich (Performance Firestop, Inc.).  Read his President’s Message here.  


01/03/20: FCIA 2020 Membership Renewals are open. Contact the FCIA Staff for more information or Pay Online.


01/02/20: Happy New Year from FCIA! We’re looking forward to all 2020 has to bring to the firestop & effective compartmentation industry!