Firestop Industry Conference
New FCIA Board Member
FCIA Magazine Articles
FM 4991 DRI CEU Filing
FCIA at Trade Shows
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference
- The "Firestop Industry Conference", at Disney's
Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL will offer value for your
investment in time. Come to Orlando, and take the FM 4991
DRI 3 year Re-Testing. Hear many Education Sessions;
- "Lunch with FCIA Board and Membership" - Start
/ Renew relationships
- "The Pentagon Reconstruction" - Wendy Thompson,
PENREN - The Pentagon Reconstruction Team
- "Firestopping from an Owners Perspective" -
Carl Lawson, formerly with Duke University
- "New Industry Standard Details" - "Industry
Standards for Penetration Locations" - Richard Smits,
Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects
- FCIA Elections - Listen to and elect Firestop Contractor
Members to the FCIA Board
- Codes "Compare, Contrast" and an FCIA Code update
- Ray Bizal, NFPA and Kelly Reynolds, Code Consultant. FCIA's
Code Consultant, Bill Koffel, updates FCIA on Code Results
at IBC Hearings.
- Business Opportunity Sessions - "How to write an
FM 4991 Quality Manual", Perimeter Fire, Moisture and
Vapor Containment, "Fire Rated Expansion Joints",
"Firestopping Equipment Demos".
Visit the FCIA Website to download the FAXBACK Form and register
for the conference. The room rate is really low, and will
go fast...so call (407) 824-3869, and mention "Firestop
Contractors International Association" to receive the
$165/nite rate. Discounted Disney Park Pass tickets (11% off
) are available in addition to special Convention Attendee
programs, through the Disney link on the FCIA Website.
New FCIA Board Member -
Richard Keeney, Firestop International, Inc., Metairie, LA,
has been elected to fill the remaining term of Kathy Taraba,
FCIA Past President, which expires December 31, 2004. Kathy
is leaving the board to spend more time with her businesses.
FCIA thanks Kathy for her five years of service as President,
Steering Committee Member, Board member and continuing service
on the Code Committee.
FCIA In the News - The July
"Construction Specifier" Magazine published by the
Construction Specifications Institute, 2nd Qtr. "Licensed
Architect" published by the Association of Licensed Architects
and June National Insulation Association, "Insulation
Outlook" magazines all had articles written by FCIA Executive
Director Bill McHugh in them. Firestopping, FCIA, FM 4991,
ASTM E 2174 and the Passive Fire Protection industry were
all promoted in these pieces. To view, download and use this
article, and others, visit the FCIA website at http://www.fcia.org/articles.htm
FM 4991 DRI's CEU Filing -
Have you and your firm presented a Firestopping Program to
code officials, architects/engineers, building owners, labor
organizations or other groups? Be sure to keep track of these
programs as they are worth 1/3 CEU Unit per presentation.
See the online
FM 4991 approval documents and scroll down to the FM 4991
DRI CEU Requirements and Reporting Forms for info about these
requirements. Those who became DRI's in Boston, November 2000,
are up for their 3 year recertification test. Testing will
take place at FCIA's Firestop Industry Conference, November
12 - 14, 2003 at Disney World in Orlando. Questions, contact
FM 4991 Key Contact for FCIA.
FCIA DRI Test Final Call for Questions - As an industry,
FM handles all aspects about the FM 4991 "DRI Examination".
They do solicit ideas for questions and answers for the exam
from our industry. If you have some suggested questions or
topics to include/delete on the exam, (including a request
to provide where in the MOP the answers to questions are located),
please forward to Blase
Reardon, Bill McHugh,
or Jeff Gould.
We'll pass on to FM for consideration in the DRI Exam.
FCIA at ICC Show - FCIA is sharing
a booth (#210) at the upcoming International Code Council
Show, at Opryland Hotel, Nashville TN - Saturday, Sept. 6
(10am - 5pm) and Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003 (7:00am - 5pm).
Code officials from around the country attend the show, and
will stop at our booth to hear about the benefits to fire
& life safety when a Specialty Firestop Contractor is
used for Firestopping. All we need to do is greet them as
they walk by our booth, and invite them to stop! Volunteers
from FCIA and IFC will work the booth. If you want to be at
the booth, reply to this email. Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop,
Inc., heads the Marketing Committee and is coordinating this
program. Roland Price, Firestop Logistics, Inc., and Mike
Wellons, Firestop Carolinas, Inc. have volunteered to work
the booth. Thanks, from FCIA Members everywhere!
Code Updates - NFPA 5000 Code
Update - July 30, 2003 "The state of California
has adopted model building and fire codes of the nonprofit
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) to protect public
safety in the nation's most populous state. The California
Building Standards Commission voted last night to adopt NFPA
5000, Building Construction and Safety Code and
NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code (NFPA 1, UFC). As a result
of the Commission's action, the NFPA codes will provide the
basis for the 2004 California Building Code and the 2004 California
Fire Code." excerpt from NFPA's August NFPA Online Report.
So far, California is the only state to adapt the code, according
to Jim Lathrop, Koffel Assoc., FCIA's code consulting firm.
website for more info.
Florida Building Commission - According to IFC President,
Amal Tamim, The Florida Building Commission voted 15 to 5
this week to use the International Building Code as the base
template for the next edition of the Florida Building Code.
After the vote, one of the commissioners asked to change his
vote so it would be a total of 16 to 4.
FCIA Trade Show Booth - The FCIA Trade Show booth
is available to members for use at trade shows. According
to Tom Hottenroth, Firestop Solutions, New York, "It
is very generic, can be used as a triangle or backdrop for
behind you on a wall as a way to make yourself look good at
Please respond if you have questions about this important
marketing tool. The FCIA Member pays the shipping one way
to get the booth. The next person pays the freight to get
it to their location....and so on. Questions, email Bill
FCIA Presentations Help Your Business - FCIA's Education
Committee has developed a great presentation on "FCIA,
FM 4991 and ASTM E 2174" for your use. Architect/Engineers
(CSI, AIA Chapters) , Building Code and Fire Officials, Building
Owners (BOMA, IFMA, AFE, APPA Chapters) all could hear from
an FCIA Member about "The Process of Firestopping".
Visit the FCIA Website to download the presentation, call
you local chapter and promote FCIA. The program can be used
for education seminars at any of these organizations. FCIA
has applied to become a registered provider of CEU Presentation
units, and will have a certification shortly. You can still
present the program to the group for CEU Credit. Each of these
groups can "self report" their own CEU's, so you
don't really need to be a provider of CEU units for them to
get credit for your presentation. Most importantly, FCIA's
program meets the requirements for "Health, Safety and
Welfare" units, which are hard to get for many. Through
FCIA's exposure, your reputation as a "Professional Specialty
Firestopping Contractor" will grow exponentially!
FCIA E-News Info - This FCIA E-Newsletter is published
for FCIA Members worldwide. However, there are many additional
"friends of FCIA" who receive this newsletter including
architects (specifying for projects totaling around $3+ billion),
engineers, code and fire officials, and other important trade
associations. We do aim to be the "Hub of Firestopping
Knowledge", through communication with our FCIA Membership
and interested industry professionals. If you know someone
who should be receiving this FCIA E-News, forward their contact
information to the FCIA Office. Want to sponsor the E-News?
Call the FCIA Office for Details.
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
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