About two years ago, 8 people met to form the FCIA. Today
we are about 65 members and growing. We set high goals and
standards and are on track to deliver some of them within
the next 6 months. As President of the FCIA , it is a great
honor to be associated with dedicated people, whose enthusiasm
and keen talent, along with tireless commitment have brought
us to a very important milestone in our young history.
The purpose of this letter is to keep you updated as to several
A) Accreditation - The first "FM APPROVED CONTRACTOR
STANDARD" has been written by Factory Mutual and is to be
reviewed by "Interested Parties" from within our industry.
FM has asked me to ask each FCIA Member to forward to the
FCIA office, by June 30, 2000 a list of (maximum 3) individuals
- Fire Marshall - Code Official - Architect - Engineer, who
know our industry and would like to participate in the "review
and comment" process. The FM Approved Contractor Standard
will be ready September 1, 2000.
B) FCIA Manual of Practice - The Technical Committee
is meeting in Florida (on their own time and expense) to work
on final touches and the editing process for the MOP. From
the FCIA Manual of Practice, FM will develop questions for
the "Designated Responsible Individual" (DRI) test. Additionally,
FM has requested that FCIA members submit one (1) test question
that may or may not be used in the exam. We realize you don't
yet have the FCIA MOP book, but our membership has a wealth
of knowledge that exists in the industry already. This is
your time to be creative and provide FM via the FCIA office
a question you feel every DRI and Professional Firestop Firm
The FCIA Manual of Practice will be ready September 1, 2000
in time, before the November FM Test in Boston on November
10, at the FCIA meeting.
C) Quality Manuals - FM will need to see your Quality
Manual" to perform the actual "Onsite Audit" of your procedures.
This is simply a document that details how you operate your
business. Estimating, Submittals, Field Communications, Deviations
from Tested System Procedures, As Built Documentation will
all be important parts of the Audit procedure of the FM Approved
Call Blase Reardon or the FCIA office if you have any questions
about this important document - Now is the time to update
yours! Most importantly - if you can update your quality manual
and schedule your FM Audit before November, and pass the DRI
testing in Boston - Your Firm will be listed in the FM 2001
Directory. This document will be distributed to Building Owners,
Architects and Engineers throughout he US and Canada as well
as the rest of the world.and could have your company name
listed for these Key Industry Influences to reference when
they need a Professional Firestop Contractor.
D) Communications - This committee is assessing how
we should announce the FCIA's activities in the press. Also
arrangements have been made with the Associated General Contractors
of America to make an FCIA Presentation at the March 2001
annual Convention in Nashville.
E) Liaison - Marketing - FCIA members have been attending
seminars and code hearings that are important and relevant
to our industry - to learn more about the people and characteristics
of each organization. The work of this committee is vital
in laying the groundwork for the future of our industry.
In summary, the FCIA Committees have all assembled extraordinary
programs in a remarkably short period of time. Again, I am
honored and pleased to work with such a talented, motivated
group, who are interested in the good of our industry, life
safety and property protection. Please stay tuned for more
details, as we get closer to the full implementation of the
"FM Firestop Contractor Installation Standard" and "FCIA Manual
of Practice". As always, please feel free to call me.
Yours Very Truly,
Aedan Gleeson, President - FCIA.