- FCIA New Board of Directors
- Firestop Industry Conference
- FCIA at NFPA, FCIA at ASTM Symposium
- FCIA 2005 Call for Presentations
FCIA Election Results - At the Firestop Industry Conference
four new board members were elected and a new president installed.
FCIA thanks Board Members Tom Hottenroth, Firestop Solutions,
Inc., Richard Keeney, Firestop International, LLC, Roger McKenzie,
McKenzie Insulation, Inc., and Bob Patton, FireSafe Systems,
Inc., for their years of service to the FCIA Board of Directors.
Their service to the Association and the Effective Compartmentation
Industry has been significant.
New Board Members announced at the Conference include newcomers
to the board Randy Bosscawen, Multicon Fire Containment, Inc.,
Mike Dominguez, Firestop Specialties, Inc., plus the return
after two years off of Aedan Gleeson, Gleeson-Powers, Inc.
and Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop, Inc. who were part of FCIA's
first Board of Directors. FCIA's President for 2005 will be
Bob LeClair, A.F. Underhill, Inc. Board members volunteer
significant amounts of time and donate their own funds for
travel and lodging at board meetings and other functions for
the good of the Firestopping & Effective Compartmentation
FCIA thanks Allen Rams, Beverly Life Safety Systems, LLC,
and Bruce Richards, Global Firestop, Inc. for running for
Board Positions. FCIA's Board will elect three more new directors
in November 2005. FCIA's President, Ray Usher, and President
Elect, Bob LeClair, encourage Allen and Bruce to run again.
FCIA's Firestop Industry Conference - With almost
20 wives in attendance, the 2004 Firestop Industry Conference
was brought to a new dimension where technical and industry
knowledge was gained, while relationships were formed amongst
FCIA Member families. If you missed this one, you really missed
some great exchanges. To see a slice of the presentations
at the conference, that were presented by Rich Walke and Monica
Keeler, on UL's new "W" Ratings as well as the testing
behind Effective Compartmentation Systems such as Firestopping,
Damper Duct Systems, Doors and Hardware, visit the presentations
area on our website; Thanks also to Dana Decker, 3M Fire Protection
Products, (Grease and Air Duct Fire Protection), Aedan Gleeson,
Gleeson Powers, Inc., (presented on FCIA Specialty Firestop
Contractor FM 4991 growth in the industry) and Scott Rankin,
Pyro-Stop, LLC (Effective Compartmentation Maintenance Business
Opportunity" and Jim Shriver, Thermafiber, LLC who teamed
with Ray Usher, Superl, Inc. to educate the group on Perimeter
Fire Containment Systems, Thermal and Moisture Protection,
plus many other industry leading presentations.
FCIA Thanks Firestop Industry Conference Sponsors
- FCIA's Firestop Industry Conference was a big success in
part due to sponsorships from FCIA Member Manufacturers. FCIA
Thanks 3M Fire Protection Products (tabletop and break), Specified
Technologies, Inc., (tabletop) HILTI, Inc. (break) and Passive
Fire Protection Partners / JM (break) for their sponsorship
at the conference. For their participation and efforts, FCIA's
Program Committee and Board of Directors authorized placing
a free advertisement on the FCIA Website home page, that links
directly to each firm's Firestopping Home Page. Special thanks
also to Dana Decker, 3M Fire Protection Products for his program
on Grease and Air Duct Fire Protection as well.
FCIA at NFPA Hearings - FCIA past president, Kathy
Taraba, and Bill McHugh attended the NFPA Technical Committee
on Fire Protection Features meeting October 27th, 2004. FCIA
is a member of this Committee that works on both NFPA 101
- The Life Safety Code and NFPA 5000, The Building Construction
and Safety Code. In general, the committee voted for proposals
advanced by the International Firestop Council (IFC) and Alliance
for Fire and Smoke Containment and Control, (AFSCC) and supported
by FCIA. Some IFC Proposals were the result of FCIA input
at the May and July IFC Meetings where Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop,
LLC and Bill McHugh provided input to IFC on Smoke Protection
and other issues. Additionally, IFC resubmitted code changes
that FCIA had previously proposed, with new and important
technical information added by IFC to cover past objections.
Together, FCIA, IFC and AFSCC were able to gain positive votes
at the committee level for the following items:
- ASTM E 2174 - "Standard Practice for On-Site Inspection
of Installed Fire Stops" - The Committee supported
including ASTM E 2174 in code requirements at the committee
- Smoke Protection - The committee supported new language
on smoke resistance in smoke barriers that quantified a
value for leakage through smoke resistance rated assemblies
that is based on logic from the fire door and fire damper
- ASTM E 2307 - "Standard Test Method for Determining
Fire Resistance of Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems Using
Intermediate-Scale, Multi-story Test Apparatus" was
added to code language where Perimeter Fire Protection is
referenced in the NFPA 5000 and Life Safety 101 codes.
- 30 Minute Rating for Slot at Perimeter - FCIA voted against
this potential weak link in continuity of a floor assembly,
and was supported by the committee.
Although a positive vote occurred at the committee level,
there are two further votes to be cast before the above motions
become part of the NFPA 101 and / or 5000 Codes. Visit FCIA's
website, Code Committee Page, for more details next week.
Want to offer suggestions to the code committee, visit FCIA's
Discussion Forum pages and offer advice.
FCIA at ASTM Symposium on Firestopping - "Tested
and Listed Systems, installed by FCIA Members, FM 4991 Approved
Contractors & Inspected to ASTM E 2174, or the "Firestopping
Quality Protocol & Process", will be presented at
this symposium, December 5, 2004 at 11am. Aedan Gleeson, Gleeson
Powers, Inc. and Bill McHugh will present. Also presenting
are FCIA Members John Valiulius, HILTI, Inc., Jim Shriver,
Thermafiber, LLC, M. Morgan from W.R. Grace & Co. FCIA
Members, architects, engineers and code officials are welcome
to attend for a reduced fee of $75. To register
and attend the symposium, visit their site.
Chicago Adapts High Rise Ordinance - Chicago's Committee
on Buildings has reviewed Fire and Life Safety requirements
for High Rise Buildings as a result of the 69 W. Washington
fire where many people perished in locked stairwells preventing
exit on upper floors of the building. As a result of public
hearings, a new ordinance was passed by the City Council's
Committee on Buildings to perform a life safety evaluation
and add sprinkler protection for commercial high rise buildings.
Additionally, A Life Safety Evaluation is required that allows
credit for a building that has invested in Effective Compartmentation
Features, Alarms and Detection and Sprinkler Systems. This
Life Safety Evaluation, that may be used on all buildings,
is particularly useful on residential high rise construction
and historical properties where sprinklers were not required
by ordinance. Watch for more on this important issue.
FCIA Display Available to FCIA Members - Any FCIA
Member can use the FCIA Booth at a local event to promote
themselves and FCIA. Reply to this email to get on the schedule
for the booth. The trade show display ships in a self contained
approx. 70 lb. container. You pay for shipping the booth to
the next event, and store it until then.
FCIA Call for FCIA Conference Presentations - FCIA's
Program Committee seeks programs for upcoming FCIA Conferences
in 2005. The Call for Presentations for FCIA's Education and
Committee Action Conference is open from now until January
30, 2005 and the Firestop Industry Conference until May 30,
2005. Presentation submissions are welcome from FCIA Members,
Architects, Engineers, Code Officials, Fire Marshals, Building
Owners and Managers, Consultants, and others. Email us with
particulars of the presentation so the Program Committee can
consider for future conferences.
FCIA extends best wishes for a great Thanksgiving Holiday
to it's members and friends.
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director ~ 630.690.0682
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