FCIA Mission Statement
The FCIA's mission is for member organizations to be recognized throughout the construction industry as preferred quality contractors of life safety firestop systems.
FCIA Member Contractors are committed to providing consistent, high quality firestop systems as a critical part of Effective Compartmentation. Through active participation in the FCIA and related forums, members contribute to the advancement of the firestop and compartmentation industry and maintain exceptional knowledge of this specialized trade.
Through this professional commitment to fire and life safety, member contractors bring considerable value to their customers by enhancing public safety and property protection.
FCIA's goals have been - and continue to be - focused on building reliability of Firestop Systems through the DIIM of Firestopping™. Proper Design, Installation, Inspection, Maintenance and Management of Firestop Systems means reliability, and DIIM™ gets it done:
D - Design
- Through work with the Design community providing information about Firestopping and the complete Barrier Systems, including a detailed 07-84-00 Specification, the firestop industry, architects, specifiers, building code officials and fire marshals gain knowledge in this specialized field.
- FCIA worked to build a living 'Industry Body of Firestop Knowledge', which became the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice. This living document grows and updates as the standards and practices of the industry change.
- I - Installation - Better Installation of firestop materials that become firestop systems when installed together by a contractor that has a culture of 'Zero Tolerance' in their company provides continuity to breached rated barriers.
I - Independent Inspection
- Using qualified, 3rd-Party Independent Special Inspection by Special Inspection Agencies of installed firestop systems ensures the existing barrier is properly protected.
M - Maintenance and Management - Maintenance of existing first and smoke barriers to conform to the International Fire Code, 703.1 and NFPA 101 Life Safety Codes and based on sound Management strategies is critical to success. An annual inspection or survey of the installed 'compartmentation features', including firestopping is part of this Maintenance and Management strategy.
M - Barrier Management
- FCIA members provide fire and smoke barrier management services worldwide to maintain fire resistance rated assembles for both compartmentation and structural reasons.
While the cornerstone of the FCIA Vision is spreading the word about the "DIIM" of Firestopping both stateside and abroad, FCIA also concentrates considerable focus on:
- Advocating for the firestop specialty - or trade - internationally through:
Specifications - The FM 4991 Approved, UL/ULC Qualified Contractor and IAS AC 291 Programs are all referenced in Master Specifications worldwide resulting in specialists performing the work, for fire and life safety.
- Building and Fire Codes -
Educational Seminars, Conferences
- FCIA continues to have the leading industry Firestop Conferences in North America. We have also recently added Symposiums in the Middle East and Canada to our Events
lineup to further spread the word about building the reliability of Firestopping worldwide. By educating not just the contractor installing firestop systems, but also the architects and specifiers who are designing and specifying firestop systems; the building code, civil and government officials who are inspecting these systems; the healthcare facilities engineers who are maintaining and managing these systems - we can begin to see a worldwide acceptance and acknowledgement of the Specialized Firestopping Contractor installing Firestoping and maintaining Effective Fire Resistance Rated and Smoke Resistant Comparmentation.
FCIA 2018& Beyond
FCIA has accomplished a lot in our first 19 years, but we still have a lot of work to do!
As we look to the future, we are focused on adding the FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractor Program and UL / ULC Qualified Firestop Contractor programs to more standards, specs and codes. Having this as a specified qualification will go a long way in convincing purchasers of the value of the Specialty FCIA Member Firestop Contractor concept, thereby making 'Firestopping a Trade' in the construction industry vocabulary.
Visit the many areas on this website to see how involved FCIA's Committees are around the world at working towards making these goals and visions become reality.
Building an industry is a cooperative joint effort that results in safe buildings. We need your help to get this done. If you are not a member, Join FCIA and get involved. If you are a member, stay involved through committee participation and leadership.