August 31, 2004
4 - FCIA 2004 Accomplishments
In our last Presidents Letter, we dicussed where FCIA has
been and what FCIA has done. It's always good to reflect on
what's been done in past years. However, any successful organization
does more than look at what it's done. It keeps moving forward
focused on today and tomorrow. Below are but a few of the
accomplishments your association has made on your behalf the
first half of 2004. After you read this, you'll understand
the enthusiasm I have for our Association....and where we're
going the rest of the year:
1. FCIA PR Campaign - FCIA has been very successful
promoting Fire and Life Safety through the Specialty Firestop
Contractor Concept. Below is a summary:
FCIA PR Results Summary:
- Magazine Articles / Exposure 4 published - Engineering
News Record, Association of Licensed Architects, The Construction
- Webcast Participation 2 FCIA Exposures - Consulting
Specifying Engineer and BOMA were sites for FCIA to speak
about Effective Compartmentation
- Testimony 2 - International Code Council and City
of Chicago audiences
- Major FCIA Presentations 7 for over 300 architects
like Skidmore Owings and Merrill, RTKL, BWBR, and many others.
- Enews Circulation Our Enews list is over 550,
with a forwarding average of 7, plus 165 visits to newsletter
on www.fcia.org about 4000 circulation.....
- Direct Mail Promotion New Member Campaign Mailing
we mailed to potential firestop contractor members
in June, with new members joining at the rate of 2 per month.
Membership inquiries are up considerably, mostly from website
visitors looking for more information.
- Website Visits July, 2709 people visited FCIA's
site. Each returned to the site an average of 3x each person.
- Website Visitors - Who?? - Architects, engineers, code
and fire officials visit www.fcia.org , and call members
from the website listing. Ask next time your firm gets a
mysterious call how they found you...Member Lists on the
website receives heavy traffic.
- Website Activity - A study of the top documents accessed
in July shows what people look for when they visit www.fcia.org:
- FCIA Member Lists, 826 times
- FCIA Member Company Popup Boxes, 364
- FM 4991 Approval, 275
- FCIA Committees, 115
- Contact us, 184
- CSI FCIA, FM 4991 and ASTM E 2174 Article, 191
2. FCIA's Code Efforts - FCIA continues to retain
Bill Koffel, Koffel Associates as our code consultant. However,
we've reduced his role, and asked Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive
Director and other FCIA Members to support code change efforts
of the International Firestop Council at the International
Code Council Hearings. Additionally, we're working on some
code changes for the NFPA 5000 code as well to promote Total
Fire Protection including Effective Compartmentation and Firestopping.
3. FCIA MOP / Technical Committee - FCIA's Committees
are where the action really takes place. FCIA Technical Committee
Chair, Mike Dominguez, Firestop Specialties, Inc., Board Member
Roger McKenzie, McKenzie Insulation, Inc., Houston Jones,
Atlantic Firestopping, Inc., and Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive
Director met as a group in Miami in July. Since the meeting
the group has reviewed and edited almost half of the MOP for
it's 5 year review. Join them in early October at Roger McKenzie's
office for the Technical Committee MOP Meeting.
4. FCIA Liaison East Team - FCIA Past Presidents Aedan
Gleeson, Gleeson Powers, Inc., Blase Reardon, AF Underhill,
Inc., and Bill McHugh have been maintaining contact and building
a relationship for FCIA with FM Approvals and NFPA. FCIA can
do well with good friends in the industry with whom we can
work to further fire and life safety in our industry.
5. FCIA Education Committee - Education Chair, Bob
Patton, FireSafe Systems, Inc and FCIA Executive Director
Bill McHugh presented a draft of a powerpoint education program
to FCIA's Board August 13, 2004. Board Member Richard Keeney,
Firestop International, LLC, Bill and Bob are working on finishing
touches for phase one of this totally generic program. Phase
two and three are our tasks for the next 2 years. This program
has been used to train architects, engineers, contractors
and installers nationwide evolving over the past 14 years.
If you'd like to be part of the review team for this important
program, contact Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director.
6. FCIA Marketing Committee - FCIA's Marketing Committee,
Don Murphy Chair, did well forming relationships with the
National Association of State Fire Marshals Conference. The
committee is currently submitting for 2005's speaking engagements
and reviewing trade shows for FCIA to display the FCIA Trade
Show Booth and our Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept.
Additionally, Don and Richard Keeney, Firestop International,
LLC will be working this fall on adding some "members
only" features to the website, www.fcia.org .
7. FCIA Standards Task Team - Don Sabrsula, FireSafe
of Houston, Inc. has been working on ASTM E 2174, inspection
standard draft for Joints, plus some language corrections
in ASTM E 2174 for penetrations. He has had much help from
IFC Manufacturer member Duane Becker from Fire Trak, Inc.
and John Nicholas of Omega Point Laboratories.
8. FCIA Program Committee - The Program Committee,
Bob LeClair, AF Underhill, Inc, Chair, with Chris Downey,
C.L. Downey Construction, Inc., Tom Hottenroth, Firestop Solutions,
Inc., Scott Rankin, PyroStop, LLC have teleconferenced twice
since spring, and will teleconference again to prepare for
St. Thomas' Firestop Industry Conference. They are also lining
up hotel locations for Las Vegas in the spring of 2005, and
San Francisco for Fall, 2005. As our membership needs growth
in the Western US, we're going west to entice them into FCIA.
The Program Committee is open for suggestions for 2006's conference
locations. Contact Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director to
pass on your thoughts to the Committee!
9. FCIA Liaison West, West Central, Central Team -
Well, we need some help here. FCIA needs to develop relationships
with other influences. We'll need help with the all the above
mentioned areas. Please contact Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive
Director as we're expanding our Liaison to Canada, West, West
Central and Central to complete this effort.
10. FCIA International Liaison - Over the past 3 months,
we've been contacted by other associations in Canada, Australia,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, to name a few places. We have responded
to requests of these friends of FCIA through conversations
about our industry worldwide. I (Ray) visited with a potential
group of members from Ireland during July, while Bill McHugh,
FCIA Executive Director met with a consultant from Israel.
And, part of the rationale for a St. Thomas Location for our
2004 Firestop Industry Conference was to attract international
visitors. The Caribbean has a significant number of European
visitors each year. Look for more as we talk about the Specialty
Firestop Contractor Concept and it's impact on Fire and Life
Safety later this year.
So, in short....FCIA continues to move forward through the
efforts of volunteers who believe in our industry, believe
in Fire and Life Safety through the Specialty Firestop Contractor
Concept and the quality process for Firestopping. We've been
telling our story nationally through magazines, presentations
at major conventions, our Enewsletter and Website. However,
the most powerful of all messages comes when we reach out
to someone in our industry that should be a member of FCIA.
Our growth will come from the strength of our members commitment
to fire and life safety with FCIA as the common ground to
make buildings safe for our families, friends and public.
Therefore, we need each FCIA member to be an Ambassador for
Next President's Letter - FCIA's next President's Letter will
look at what our future might hold as in industry. What is
good about it? What can we improve? How are we going to do
it?? Join in this important discussion in St. Thomas at the
Firestop Industry Conference. It's our industry. Lets be involved
in it together.
Ray Usher, FCIA 2004 President 763.571.7464
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