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Newsletter February 12, 2001

Boston FCIA Meeting - FCIA Members continue to give rave reviews. Most recently, participants from the Saturday Tour of Boston, sponsored by W.R. Grace & Co., gave Leon Bablouzian, Amal Tamim and Blase Reardon much deserved praise for their "Colonial Hospitality". Not only was the tour of Boston and dinner well done, but the Grace Laboratory tour also provided FCIA Contractor Members real insight into the firestop systems (products) manufacturing process. The stringent standards required to deliver high quality products to FCIA Contractors are impressive. W.R. Grace & Co., thanks for a great day!

FCIA Promotes the "Professional Firestop Contractor Concept" - The Association of General Contractors Convention, scheduled for March 22, 23, and 24, 2001 in Nashville, TN, will feature a panel discussion on Firestop Technology and the professional Firestop Contractor. FCIA Members Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop; Blase Reardon, A.F. Underhill, Inc.; and Karen Layng, Esq., Vedder, Price will be part of this important FCIA/AGC Program on Friday, March 23 at 11:00 A.M. FCIA will also have a display booth at the convention, staffed by Mike Wellons, Firestop Carolinas; Mike Hubbard, Firestop Technologies, Inc.; Renee Woodruff, F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc. and the "panelists" as well.

FCIA Code Change Efforts - FCIA Members.; Don Sabrsula, Firesafe of Houston, Inc. & Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Inc have been actively promoting the newly written 3rd Party Independent Inspection Standard for Firestop Installations to the International Building Code groups and ASTM. The Standard is designed to give inspectors a framework for conducting firestop system inspections under real field conditions. The Standard's primary objective is to enhance Life Safety by ensuring that firestop systems are installed in accordance with tested and listed system requirements.

FCIA Members making a difference - FCIA Members invest their own time and money while participating in industry events important to Firestop Contractors and the Firestop Industry. Ray Usher, Superl, Inc. will attend the Glass Association of North America(GANA) Convention in Las Vegas, February 12, 2001 to monitor the presentation on Curtainall Fire Protection. Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Inc. expects to attend the NFPA Meeting Hearings in Phoenix, AZ, February 28 - March 1, 2001. The International Firestop Council meetings are attended by Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop, LLC and others, representing FCIA.

FCIA New Members for January, 2001 - The following organizations have joined FCIA in January! Please welcome these new members to FCIA when you next see/talk to them. Thanks to all for your commitment to FCIA and the Professional Firestop Contracting Industry.

  • Larry Fuentes, Firestop Technolgies - Rochester, NY - 717.273.0130 - Contractor Member
  • Doug Walsworth, Diversified Thermal, Inc. - Houston, TX - 713.896.6801 - Contractor Member - Sponsored by Don Sabrsula, Firesafe of Houston, Inc.
  • John Lynn, All-Tight Waterproofing, Inc. - Tulsa, OK - Contractor Member - Sponsored by John Morrow, Specialty Products & Insulation
  • Brian Didone - Royal Quickstop Fireprotection Systems - Woodbridge, Ontario, CANADA - 905.856.7550

The FM 4991 Firestop Contractor Approval Standard will be in the news! - FCIA and FM have developed a press release and distributed it nationally to over 80 well known publications (i.e. CSI s Construction Specifier, AIA, AGC, ABC Assocations aswell). Look for the news release in magazines you receive. Please FAX any news releases to the FCIA office so we can track the news across the country. Watch for more releases in the next year as the program begins to receive national attention.

FM 4991 Approval - Did you miss the January 30 Deadline to become an "FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractor" and get into the FM Approval Guide Supplement to be issued this May? Not to worry, there are other opportunities to get into the book. The deadlines are as follows for you to get your information to and approved by FM:

  • June 2001 Supplement - April 29, 2001
  • October 2001 Supplement - August 29, 2001

FCIA Education Committee seeks information - Committee Chair, Renee Woodruff, F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc., is gathering information for the Educational Toolbox that FCIA Member Contractors could use to promote their business and the professional firestop contractor. Renee will be including a section on "FCIA Firestop Contractor Credibility" through reporting the major General Contractors and Owners who have used a professional Firestop Contractor on their projects. If you have any reference letters or can share General Contractor names with the committee, they will be used nationally in a generic presentation you can use to build your credibility as a "FCIA Firestop Contractor Professional". If you don t have any reference letters and could use help getting them, call Renee Woodruff at 770.574.2232, or email her at and she'll work with you.

FCIA Membership Dues for 2001 - By now, you've received your membership dues for 2001 Calendar Year. Please pay your dues promptly so we can continue to grow awareness of the Professional Firestop Contractor in the industry.

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