FCIA Board of Directors Advocate Promoting the Specialty
Firestop Contractor Concept - During it's Board of Directors
Meeting, January 17th, the FCIA Board decided to pursue promotion
of the "Compartmentation Concept" with Firestopping
as its highlight, using FCIA Members as the model scenario.
The board looks forward to a productive year, with more press
efforts. Our aim is to promote the "Triad of Fire Protection".
Below are links to two articles and public testimony from FCIA.
Read the articles below to learn more.
- FCIA Press Lobby Efforts
- FCIA ECA/FIC Conference Dates
- New Member Promotion
- Call for New Code Committee Chair
FCIA Submits Article to the Press - FCIA recently
submitted an article to the Charlotte Observer, Greensboro
News Record, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and other publications
in response to the fire at the South Carolina Comfort Inn
in late January. See the newspaper
report about the fire. Read the FCIA's
article to the newspapers.
FCIA Testifies at Chicago Code Hearings - Chicago
is known as "the birthplace of the high rise building",
and continues to be a high rise capital with three of the
worlds tallest buildings located there. After the "Great
Fire of 1872", Chicago's founding code writers included
non combustible (Brick) construction and compartmentation
in buildings as a standard. There is a saying in the High
Rise Industry, that "as Chicago goes, so does the rest
of the country". With that in mind, FCIA submitted written
commentary and testimony was delivered by Bill McHugh before
the Chicago City Council, "Committee on High Rise Building
Safety". An ordinance to add sprinklers to buildings
as a result of the Chicago City and County Building Fire has
been proposed. FCIA's
testimony is available for your use. Use this as a resource
for other testimony that you might need to deliver.
FCIA Conference Dates - Mark your calendars now for
the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference April 28
- 30, 2004 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario,
CANADA. There are great speakers that will educate us on Codes,
Specifications, and the difference between the US and Canada.
(Not hockey, Firestopping!) Look for more information in late
February on the website.
The Program Committee is researching our FCIA Firestop
Industry Conference - 5 Year Anniversary Gala", November
10 - 13, 2004, with St. Thomas USVI and Cancun, Mexico locations
on top of the list. VOTE
for your favorite location.
Scroll to the middle of the page for the voting form.
FCIA Photo Album - Check out these FCIA Firestop Industry
Conference, Orlando, Florida pictures.
FCIA Membership Renewals - FCIA Membership renewals
are rolling in about 15% ahead of last year's pace. If you
haven't paid your dues for 2004...maybe misplaced the invoice,
(it happens to the best of us), just call the FCIA Office
for a duplicate...or just send a check!! Call the FCIA Office
if you have questions.
FCIA New Members - David Procida, of Capital Insulation,
Inc., joined FCIA, sponsored by Ray Usher, SUPERL, Inc. Ray
gets a $250 Credit towards 2005's membership dues for his
referral. Welcome, David, to FCIA!! We look forward to a long
relationship with you and your firm. Other new members include
J-Kaulk Firestopping Systems, Inc. Picayune, MS. Welcome Jeff
Kauzlarich to FCIA.
New FM 4991 Approved Contractors - FM 4991 Approval
means increased investment in the operations of their companies.
FCIA applauds their added commitment. Alpha Insulation, Inc.
added an office, Firestop International, LLC added 3 offices
approved, Pyro-Stop, LLC, Thomas J. Donnelly Co., Firestop
Carolinas, Inc., all became new FCIA Member, FM 4991 Contractors
recently. There are currently 26 FCIA Member locations with
FM 4991 approval, about 30+% of the FCIA Contractor Membership.
FCIA Code Report - FCIA Code Committee Chair, Kathy
Taraba, (1 Source Firestop, Inc.) reports that the NFPA Fire
Protection Features meeting in December brought the industry
another step closer to better fire protection through both
passive and active fire protection systems. More on this later
in February. Kathy was in the hospital for a few days recently.
Calls and cards can be sent to her
office. She has done a lot volunteering her time and travel
for the good of our industry.
FCIA Call for Code Committee Chair - Due to Kathy's
illness, FCIA needs a new Code Committee chair. FCIA's Code
Consultant, Bill Koffel, works with our Code Chair and other
organizations. This is a great way for someone to become well
versed in codes and our industry. Your business will benefit
from this involvement. Contact Ray
Usher, FCIA 2004 President if you are interested, at 763.571.7464.
IFC Inspector Training - We heard from IFC recently
that a 2 hour AIA Accredited IFC Inspector Training Program
has been confirmed for February 12, 2004 at 12:00 pm at the
Miami-Dade Aviation Department Facilities, Planning and Development,
4200 NW 36th St., Building 5A-2nd Floor in the DBE Conference
Room, Miami. FCIA generally has a person to represent "The
Contractor View" during this training. If you are available
go to the seminar!!
BuildCertified.Com - FCIA is now listed on BuildCertified.com.
This searchable website is used by Architects, GC's and industry
professionals looking for "certified entities" in
the construction industry. Visit their website addresses for
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
Drive thy business, or it will drive thee ......Ben Franklin
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