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Looking for a Firestop Professional? For the best Firestop Contractors, Associates, Manufacturers, Consultants, Distributors, Reps and more, FCIA.org Member List is the place for you.   From Firestopping Contractors to Special Inspection Agencies, Firestop System Manufacturers to Firestop product Distributors, FCIA Members have the expertise you need.  Also, check out the FM 4991 Approved & UL Qualified Contractors Map.

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FCIA Mission Statement

The FCIA's mission is for member organizations to be recognized throughout the construction industry as preferred quality contractors of life safety firestop systems.

FCIA Member Contractors are committed to providing consistent, high quality firestop systems as a critical part of Effective Compartmentation. Through active participation in the FCIA and related forums, members contribute to the advancement of the firestop and compartmentation industry and maintain exceptional knowledge of this specialized trade.

Through this professional commitment to fire and life safety, member contractors bring considerable value to their customers by enhancing public safety and property protection.

 

FCIA Vision

FCIA's goals have been - and continue to be - focused on buidling reliability of Firestop Systems through the DIIM of Firestopping.  Proper Design, Installation, Inspection, Maintenance and Management of Firestop Systems means reliability, and DIIM gets it done:

  • D - Design - Through work with the Design community providing information about Firestopping and the complete Barrier Systems, including a detailed 07-84-00 Specification, the firestop industry, architects, specifiers, building code officials and fire marshals gain knowledge in this specialized field.
    • FCIA worked to build a living 'Industry Body of Firestop Knowledge', which became the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice.  This living document grows and updates as the standards and practices of the industry change.

  • I - Independent Inspection - Using qualified, 3rd-Party Independent Special Inspection by Special Inspection Agencies of installed firestop systems ensures the existing barrier is properly protected.
  • M - Maintenance and Management - Maintenance of existing first and smoke barriers to conform to the International Fire Code, 703.1 and NFPA 101 Life Safety Codes and based on sound Management strategies is critical to success.  An annual inspection or survey of the installed 'compartmentation features', including firestopping is part of this Maintenance and Management strategy.

  • M - Barrier Management - FCIA members provide fire and smoke barrier management services worldwide to maintain fire resistance rated assembles for both compartmentation and structural reasons.



While the cornerstone of the FCIA Vision is spreading the word about the "DIIM" of Firestopping both stateside and abroad, FCIA also concentrates considerable focus on:

  • Advocating for the trade internationally through:
    • Specifications - The FM 4991 Approved, UL/ULC Qualified Contractor and IAS AC 291 Programs are all referenced in Master Specifications worldwide.
    • Building and Fire Codes -
      • FCIA has submitted, but not yet been successful, in adding the FM 4991 Approved Contractor Program or the UL/ULC Qualified Contractor Program to the International and NFPA Codes.  We continue to push to have these programs added to the codes.
      • ASTM E 2174 & ASTM E 2393 have been added to 2012 International Building Code in Chapter 17, Special Inspections for buildings 75' and higher.
    • FM 4991 Approved & UL/ULC Qualified Contractors - Our worldwide membership of FM & UL/ULC contractors is growing.  More and more markets are requiring contractors who hold one or both of these designations.  For a complete listing, visit the Member List.

  • Educational Seminars, Conferences - FCIA continues to have the leading industry Firestop Conferences in North America.  We have also recently added Symposiums in the Middle East and Canada to our Events lineup to further spread the word about building the reliability of Firestopping worldwide.  By educating not just the contractor installing firestop systems, but also the architects and specifiers who are designing and specifying firestop systems; the building code, civil and government officials who are inspecting these systems; the healthcare facilities engineers who are maintaining and managing these systems - we can begin to see a worldwide acceptance and acknowledgement of the Specialized Trade of Firestopping and Effective Comparmentation.

 

FCIA 2016 & Beyond

FCIA has accomplished a lot in our first 16 years, but we still have a lot of work to do!

As we look to the future, we are focused on adding the FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractor Program and UL / ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor programs to more standards, specs and codes.  Having this as a specified qualification will go a long way in convincing purchasers of the value of the Specialty FCIA Member Firestop Contractor concept, thereby making 'Firestopping a Trade' in the construction industry vocabulary.

Visit the many areas on this website to see how involved FCIA's Committees are around the world at working towards making these goals and visions become reality.

Building a trade is a cooperative joint effort.  We need your help to get this done. If you are not a member, Join FCIA and get involved.  If you are a member, stay involved through committee participation and leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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