FCIA's Board of Directors met in Chicago, January 13 & 14, 2005 to reaffirm FCIA's Mission, and set direction for this year and beyond. FCIA's mission is below...with more emphasis on systems installed by Specialty Firestop Contractors....
"The FCIAs 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."
FCIA Conversations with NASFM FCIA continues to have conversations with the National Association of State Fire Marshals about their "Partnership for Safer Buildings" Campaign. FCIA Past President Scott Rankin attended meetings in Virginia to offer FCIA's support of Effective Compartmentation and Firestopping in the International Building Code and NFPA 5000.
position about Effective Compartmentation and Structural Fire
Protection Features is crystal clear. Effective Compartmentation
is needed as much as Detection and Alarms, Sprinklers and
Education of building occupants and firefighters. Additionally,
Michelle Jones, NIA Executive Director and Michael Kwart,
ICAA Executive Director, Don Smith, AWCI, plus AFSCC's Consultants
were there as well. Visit http://www.firemarshals.org to learn
firsthand NASFM's opinions that are being promoted throughout
the US to building code organizations and government agencies.
FCIA's Education and Committee Action Conference returns to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, April 27 - 29, 2005. The conference, "Effective Compartmentation & Firestopping Leadership", brings the industry together through active participation from both FCIA Contractors / Manufacturers, and the International Firestop Council as well. Some FCIA and IFC Committees are meeting jointly to jumpstart our efforts as an industry. Join the seminars on Effective Compartmentation, Legal Issues in Firestopping and Specifications, UL, and FM. FCIA Member Manufacturer updates will add value to your business through industry strategy and product presentations by leaders in our industry.
The FCIA 2005 ECA Conference, returns to the 1999 site, the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.
Hotel Room Rates per night are: $119 -Tuesday, Wednesday, $149-Thursday, $209 per night-Friday. Reservations -Call 800-929-1111 and identify that you're with the Firestop Contractors International Association or fci006. Reservations must be made by March 30, 2005 to get the group rate.
For Air Travel, call CTMG - 800.323.3800 - FCIA's Travel Partner. The best ground Transportation is local taxi to MGM. And, you will want to fly out late Friday as FCIAs Golf Tournament for the Traveling "Firestop Bulk Gun" Trophy kicks off at the Revere Golf Club, Concord Course, Friday afternoon.
Join other FCIA members for a great time, great speakers, displays, and industry leadership at the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference, November 9 - 11, 2005. This year's conference is in San Diego, CA. Watch the website for details for this educational, fun event.
FCIA Membership Renewal - The FCIA Membership Process is well underway with renewals received daily and retention doing well. Don't forget to renew. If you need another invoice, reply to this email.
FCIA Effective Compartmentation Maintenance - FCIA's Effective Compartmentation and Firestopping Maintenance Program was written after the International Fire Code Requirements for Effective Compartementation became part of the International Fire Code.
As a result, FCIA introduced an Effective Compartmentation Maintenance Document at the Firestop Industry Conference in St Thomas. Its been well received, and downloaded frequently from FCIA's Website. The document is being edited for use in the FCIA Manual of Practice. Visit https://www.fcia.org , review the document, and offer commentary to the Technical Committee.
FCIA will be speaking at the ICC Code hearings.... for ASTM E 2174 Inspection, Effective Compartementation and Firestopping requirements to protect fire and life safety in buildings. We'll be against a code proposal to require a ASME/ANSI Approved field installer (worker) for Plumbing Penetrations as it promotes one trade over others in code and does not recognize the true driver of Fire and Life Safety....the Specialty Firestop Contractor Firm who is qualified to educate employees, has insurance, has trained personnel and accepts the business risk for the firestopping performed by the Firm on the project.
Hearings for the 2006 version of the International Building Code take place in Cincinnati, OH, February 22 - March 4, 2005. Rally with FCIA. Contact the FCIA Office by replying to this email to join in this important code event.
FCIA Speaks at Orlando CSI Invitation Only Breakfast - After a successful FCIA Firestopping Presentation about "The Firestopping Quality Process" last year at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Show in Chicago, Jay Cooper; CSI Orlando's Program Chair contacted FCIA about a seminar at the Invitation Only CSI Breakfast Seminar, Orlando Florida Chapter. Over 40 CSI Members attended the program with much discussion from the specifiers, manufacturers and contractors about the Firestopping Installation Process, FCIA and the Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept.
FCIA Manufacturer Members 3M Fire Protection Products, A/D Fire Protection Products, Grace Construction Products, RectorSeal, Specified Technologies, Inc. and Tremco, Inc. sponsored tabletops for the meeting, making the breakfast event free to the architects & FCIA Member Contractors. Through their comments, participation and questions this was an exciting Firestopping Industry event.
Thanks to FCIA Member Manufacturers for sponsoring CSI Orlando Chapter Firestop Industry Quality Program, February 17, 2005.
"We make our own luck ...
persistence, patience, focus." Alec Rexroat, IMICO
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director ~ 630.690.0682
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