Did You Know...
The 2012 and 2015 International Building Code requires special inspection of firestopping in certain types of structures. High-Rise and also critical structures in Table 1604.5 need to be inspected to ASTM E 2174 and ASTM E 2393, Standards For the On-Site Inspection of Installed Firestops.
Inspection Agencies that want to prove their competence in inspection and firestopping look to International Accreditation Services (IAS) Accreditation Criteria AC 291. IAS is a global organization with accredited firms in the Middle East and USA. An IAS AC 291 inspection agency builds a management system where its procedures are audited by IAS personnel to verify that procedures for special inspection are followed. For Firestopping, the responsible person at the inspection agency must pass the FM or UL Firestop Exam. Both these exams are based on the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice, a 1,000 page document that is the compendium of firestop knowledge. Classes for the exam are offered at FCIA’s Conferences and Symposiums.
In addition to an IAS AC 291 Accredited Inspection Agency, a FCIA Member, Manufacturer Educated AND FM 4991 Approved OR UL Qualified Firestop Contractor is a must. Why? Firestop Contractors who don’t understand the zero-tolerance installation protocol of systems to the listings, cause inspection costs to skyrocket to the building owner.
GC’s, Building Owners and Managers, hire the best. Hire a FCIA Member, FM 4991 Approved or UL Qualified Firestop Contractor with inspection by an IAS AC 291 Accredited Inspection Agency.
Hire a Firestop Contractor and a Firestop Inspection Agency/Consultant. Find one today.
Save the Date: ECA 2017 Heads to St. Louis, MO
This May 2-5, FCIA heads to the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO for the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference - ECA 2017.
Stay tuned for more information on registration!
FCIA to Bring FCIA Symposiums Back to the Middle East this Spring
FCIA is bringing the rescheduled Middle East Symposiums back to Doha, Qatar and Duba, UAE this Spring.
SAVE THE DATE and join FCIA at the The Oryx Rotana, in Doha, Qatar for the FCIA Fire & Smoke Barrier (FSB) Firestop & Effective Compartmentation 'DIIM'™ Educational Symposium OR in Dubai, UAE for the FCIA International Building Code Firestop & Effective Compartmentation 'DIIM' Symposium. Both programs include a one-day Educational Symposium, networking opportunities, FCIA Education for the FM and UL Firestop Exams and the FM and UL Firestop Exams.
More information and registration COMING SOON!
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FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show - Your Industry, Your Success!
FIC 2016, the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show, just wrapped up a week-long whirwind of event at The Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC.
Attendance was at its highest ever, and educational content was its most technical. Members can find the presentations in the Members Only section.
Photos Coming Soon!
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FCIA Canadian Symposium Wraps Up in Edmonton
This past September 20-22, 2016, FCIA presented our FCIA Firestop & Effective Compartmentation 'DIIM'™ Symposium Canada to interested professionals at The Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel.
Delegates enjoyed presentations from UL, QAI, Accreditation Canada, Falconer Engineering and more. Missed it? FCIA Members can view presentations in the Members Only section.
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The True Story of Special Inspection and the IBC
What's required by the International Building Code (IBC) for Firestopping Special Inspection? What's required to be an AHJ 'Approved' Special Inspection Agency or AHJ 'Approved' Special Inspector?
This is the REAL story...
The newest issue of Life Safety Digest, The Magazine of Effective Compartmentation, has arrived! Check out our new look, and don't miss articles like:
- "What's New in Fire-Rated Glazing ";
- "Fire Resistant Fuel Pipe Protection ";
- "Flame Spread - You Can't Stop It or Can You ";
- "Mythbuster: The Truth About Recessed Lights and Fire-Resistance Ratings ";
- and more!
Read it online today!
FCIA Aligns with AIA to Educate Architects
At the AIA Conference on Architecture, attendees will harness the collective intellect and entrepreneurial spirit of speakers whose power to anticipate has shaped their careers and the architecture industry. 500+ sessions that explore some of the most interesting ideas in architecture, plus all-new courses earning HSW, ADA, GBCI, RIBA and AIA LU credits.
FCIA Participates in Public Venues and Events Safety and Security Conference
marcus evans’s anticipated Public Venues and Events Safety and Security Conference scheduled on 8th-10th May 2017 in Dubai, UAE will gear you up for the upcoming Expo 2020, the FIFA world cup in 2022 and preparing public management staff for any potential threats.
FCIA and BOMA International Conference & Expo Partner
The BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo, June 24-27, 2017 in Nashville, TN helps you maximize your effectiveness and optimize the performance of your commercial assets.
FCIA Free Educational Webinar Series Schedule Announced for 2017
The highly successful monthly FCIA FREE Educational Webinar Series returns in 2017 to continue educating those who Design, Install, Inspect and Maintain or Manage life-safety systems in the built environment.
Learn more here.
FCIA Firestop Containment Worker Education Program
FCIA recently released their Firestop Containment Worker Education Program (FSCW-IE and FSCW-M). This comprehensive education program for the Firestop Containment Field Worker and Instructor, as well as the Specialty Firestop Inspector, is everything you need to train your workforce from the ground up. Learn more today!
Read the complete Press Release here.
FCIA Contractor Members provide many services. FCIA Associate Members are valuable assets to all. FCIA Member Firestop Inspection Agencies inspect to ASTM E 2174, ASTM E 2393, now in Chapter 17 of IBC. FCIA Member Firestop Manufacturers, Manufacturers Reps & Distributors get products to those that make them 'SYSTEMS' after installation to System Designs.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary for Life Safety Digest, The Magazine of Effective Compartmentation, and to celebrate, we've undergone a makeover. The new dynamic look and feel visually engages readers, while still supporting the same great, informational content you've come to expect from the publication.
This year, align yourself with the ONLY magazine focused on Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation and put your business in front of thousands of potential customers. For more information on Advertising and a Media Kit, contact cathy@FCIA.org.
Have an industry related article to contribute? We are always looking for complelling, thought-provoking industry related content. For more information on writing policies, email lindsey@FCIA.org.
Have you purchased your FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice yet? Study for the FM or UL - ULC Firestop Exam, and learn about the Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation Industry with this great resource.
As a service to selected professionals in the industry, FCIA offers a FREE electronic copy of the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice. To see if you qualify, review the eligible individuals here.
NOTE: Special Inspection Agencies, Contractors, and others who earn business through the Firestop Industry, are not included in this offer. Contractors and Special Inspection Agencies, join FCIA and save $600 on the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice.
FCIA Friends at Underwrters 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 relaibility through education at all levels of the industry.
The Phoenix Insurance Group is YOUR Firestop Contractor Insurance Broker. They understand your business and can represent you to the Insurance Markets.
02/23/2017: FCIA's Webinar Presentation on speaking to the building owner through specifications has a lot of people signed up. Check out the program.
02/21/2017: FCIA presents at the Washington Metro DC Chapter, CSI on how specs can help with building maintenance.
01/31/17: The FCIA 2017 Board of Directors met in Chicago to outline the goals and initiatives for FCIA for the future. Thank you all for your dedication to the industry and the association!
01/25/17: Thank you to all who kicked off the 2017 FCIA Educational Webinar Series with us today! Find the program here, and be sure to join us for the next session on Thursday, February 23.
01/22/17: Intersec opens in Dubai, UAE today and runs through the 24th. Are you going? Make sure to pick up your copy of Life Safety Digest while there!
01/20/17: FCIA's newsletter is here! Check out all that's happening at FCIA!
1/18/17: One week left to register for 'A Study on the 'DIIM' of Firestopping', the January webinar.
1/11/17: Join FCIA for the opening session in the 2017 Educational Webinar Series, 'A Study on the 'DIIM' of Firestopping'.
When: Wednesday, Jan 25
Time: 10:00 am CST
01/03/17: FCIA Members: it's time to renew your dues. Questions? Ask Cathy!
01/01/17: Happy 2017 from FCIA!
12/31/16: The Winter 2016 issue of Life Safety Digest is here! Check it out today!
12/21/16: The webinar 'FCIA: A Firestop Year in Review and More' was well attended. Thanks to all on the webinar for taking time to be there.
12/6/16: Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) Membership Mourns the Oakland Warehouse Fire
11/17/16: Thank you to all who participated on today's webinar program, 'Barrier Management Systems- New Construction to Existing Buildings'. Couldn't attend? Check out the Presentation Here.
11/17/16: Attention Facility Management Personnel for Educational and Healthcare occupancies in the Northeast: the FCIA Barrier Management Symposium program is coming to MD!
11/16/16: ONE DAY LEFT to register for this month's featured session, 'Barrier Management Systems - New Construction to Existing Buildings', in the 2016 FCIA FREE Educational Webinar Series.
When: Thursday, Nov 17
Time: 10:00 am CST
11/14/16: Just got back from Isle of Palms, SC and the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show. All enjoyed an excellent week of education, exploration, advocacy and networking! Special thanks to all who contributed to make the week a success, including all who attended, tested, sponsored, presented and exhibited!
11/01/16: FCIA's FIC opens next week, but there's still time to register! Who's so excited for it? We are! Learn more
10/24/16: FCIA's FIC 2016 opens in two weeks! Test. Golf. Learn. Network. Be there! Learn more
10/16/16: FCIA is present at the ICC Annual Conference and Building Safety & Design Expo this week. Thanks to all who stopped by the FCIA booth!
10/14/16: Time to grab your travel buddy! See Who's Coming to FIC 2016!
10/12/16: Looking for the most recent FIC 2016 Agenda? Check it out here.
10/11/16: Four weeks until the opening of FCIA's FIC 2016! Early Registration Pricing Discounts have been exended to October 14. Take advantage today!
10/08/16: FCIA's Middle East Education Sessions for the FM and UL Firestop Exams for Contractor and Inspector Personnel are being well received. We had 20+ in attendance in Doha and more to come in Dubai this week.
10/05/16: Did You Know Early Bird Registration discounts for FCIA's FIC 2016 end soon. Grab your spot today! So far, the hotel has not reported issues from Hurricane Matthew. More next week!
09/29/16: ANNOUNCEMENT - Due to scheduling conflicts with key delegates in the region, the Symposium portion of the upcoming events in the Middle East have been postponed. The FM & UL Firestop Exams WILL STILL TAKE PLACE. For more information, contact Cathy.
09/28/16: Interested in today's webinar? Check it out here! *Members can view the recorded presentation in the Members Only section.*
09/28/16: Planning to attend today's webinar, 'To Inspect or Not To Inspect? That Is the Question...'? See you there!
09/27/16: The latest edition of the FCIA Newsletter is here! Check out all that's happening at FCIA.
09/22/16: Thanks to all who attended the FCIA Firestop & Effective Compartmentation 'DIIM' Symposium Canada. The group in Edmonton had great discussions, enjoyed friendships both old and new and LOTS of industry education! Missed it? Check back for photos soon!
09/07/16: Registration is NOW OPEN for 'To Inspect or Not To Inspect? That Is the Question...', the September chapter in the FCIA 2016 FREE Educational Webinar Series.
When: Wednesday, Sept 28
Time: 10:00 am CDT
09/06/16: The FCIA 'DIIM' Symposium Canada opens in two weeks! Will we see you there? There's still time to register.
09/06/16: Calling all Healthcare personnel in Canada: the 36th Annual Conference of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) opens in Vancouver, BC next week! Look for FCIA and Life Safety Digest there. Proud to partner with such a great organization!
09/01/16: OFSEC, Oman Fire, Safety & Security Expo, is set to open September 5-7 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre. FCIA and Life Safety Digest will be there. Will you? Learn more
08/31/16: Did you know the FCIA 'DIIM' Symposium Canada opens in 3 weeks! There's still time to register. (Early Registration and Hotel discounts have expired.)
08/18/16: This November 8-11, FCIA heads to the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC for FIC 2016, the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show. Secure your spot today. Registration is NOW OPEN
08/18/16: Thanks to all who participated on the webinar today, 'Shining the Light on Gypsum: What Is It, How Do You Repair It and More'. Great presentation by Nestor Sanchez, USG, and great participation from the group. Stay tuned for info on the next installment in the FCIA 2016 FREE Educational Webinar Series.
08/11/16: One week left to register for the August webinar, 'Shining the Light on Gypsum: What Is It, How Do You Repair It and More'.
When: Thursday, August 18
When: 10:00 am CDT
08/10/16: Registration NOW OPEN for FCIA Programs in the Middle East. The group heads to Doha and Dubai this October with critical education for the region. Learn more today!
08/02/16: Early registration deadline approaching for the FCIA 'DIIM' Symposium Canada in Edmonton, AB this Sept. 20-22. Click here to learn more and register
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