In this issue:
FCIA Meeting in New Orleans
FCIA Meeting in New Orleans a big
success! - Britt Berek, (JCAHO), John Hurley, (Specified
Technologies, Inc.) Tom Salamone, (Firestop Solutions), all
enlightened the FCIA with their opinions on the Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations stance on Firestopping.
We look forward to growing the relationship we've started
with JCAHO. Chad Landry, (Tremco), coordinated with the Louisiana
State Fire Marshal for a well received luncheon presentation
on Firestopping enforcement and licensing of Firestop contractors.
To Bob LeClair and the Program Committee, thanks for your
efforts and a fine program.
FCIA Code Actions - After the New
Orleans Meeting, many FCIA Members wrote letters to their
fire/code officials regarding a proposal to reduce the fire
resistance rating of the "perimeter fire barrier"
to 30 minutes when the curtain wall was not rated "for
the time period at least equal to the fire-resistance rating
of the floor assembly" in the ROC process of the developing
NFPA 5000 Code. Through your efforts, the proposal was shot
down. FCIA and it's committees are an effective voice in the
fire protection industry protecting life safety in buildings.
FCIA Spring Meeting - Get your
plane tickets now while prices are low! FCIA's spring meetings
will be held in Denver April 3-5, 2002. Watch the website
for more details. Spring can provide opportunities for both
skiing in the mountains and golf in Denver.
FCIA Elections - Kathy Taraba,
1 Source Firestop, Inc., FCIA's new president is looking forward
to her year to serve the membership. Her energy and commitment
to our industry will be an asset to FCIA. Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop,
LLC, Aston, PA has been elected Vice President. Ray Usher,
Superl, Inc., Fridley, MN was elected Director for a two year
term. Renee Woodruff, F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc.,
Inc., Livermore CA, and Don Sabrsula, FireSafe of Houston,
Inc. were reelected for two year terms as well. Aedan Gleeson,
Gleeson-Powers, Inc. and Blase Reardon, A.F. Underhill, Inc.
remain as Past Presidents.
Breck Spain, Performance Contracting, Inc., Sacramento, California,
rotates off the board as director. Breck has served FCIA well
since it's inception as a charter member and frequent contributor
at board and FCIA Meetings. His clear insights and ideas have
helped make FCIA a better group. Thanks Breck, from the FCIA
for your service to our industry and we look forward your
future efforts on FCIA Committees.
Inspection Standard for Firestop Installation receives ASTM
Status- Don Sabrsula, FCIA Inspection Standard Technical Subcommittee
Chair, reports that the Inspection Standard proposed and written
by this committee with input from the industry including International
Firestop Council members, has received American Society of
Testing Materials (ASTM) Approval and is now known as "ASTM
E 2174". This standard, to be available for purchase
from ASTM shortly, (www.astm.org)
can be used by either local building/fire department or private
independent inspection personnel. ASTM E 2174 has also been
submitted by the FCIA Code Committee for inclusion in the
International Building Code. Look for a full report in the
FCIA Newsletter this winter.
FCIA Board Meeting - The FCIA board
will meet in Denver January 10 and 11. Contact anyone on the
board if you have questions, concerns, suggestions about FCIA.
FCIA Website - If you haven't
been to the FCIA website (www.fcia.org) lately, check it out.
Webmaster, Annette Autrata, Triphis,
Inc., Oak Park, IL has improved our website layout and
functionality immensely. If you need a website, try her user
friendly services. You won't regret it. Call her at 708-288-4241
or email her at email@example.com
FCIA Committees - FCIA's committees
have accomplished much with volunteers sharing their knowledge
to improve the industry. If you are already not involved,
sign up now. Committee chair contacts and purposes are on
the website, www.fcia.org.
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