Newsletter April 16, 2003

FCIA / IFC at "The CSI Show" - On April 9 - 11, 2003, FCIA Members Ray Usher & Justin Roy (SUPERL, Inc.) Randy Bosscawen, (MultiCon Fire Containment), Jay Maguire (Firestop Technologies), Don Murphy, (PPMI Firestop, Inc.) Lance Simms and Guy Williams (FFI Firestopping, Inc.) all staffed the jointly shared IFC / FCIA booth. Over the 3 days, we had about 175 visitors. Architect, Specifier and Facity Manager attendees received the FCIA Specification and FM 4991 information to review. FM 4991's "contractor quality" perspective was a big hit with the specifiers. Thanks to all for staffing the booth from the FCIA Marketing Committee!

FCIA at The NFPA Show - FCIA will be displaying in Dallas, TX at the NFPA Show May 18 - 20. (www.nfpa.org) We'll need FCIA Members to staff the booth May 18, (4:30 - 6:30p) May 19 (10:30a to 3:30p) and May 20 (8:00a - 11:00a). FCIA Members can work the whole show, or just a few hours on whatever day you have available. Respond to this email to volunteer your time, or call Bill Hoos, Marketing Committee Member, at 973.316.5998.

FCIA Members at ASTM Meetings - Don Sabrsula, (FireSafe of Houston) and Randy Bosscawen (MultiCon Fire Containment) attended meetings at ASTM's committee program in Kansas City earlier in April. Don continues to work on the ASTM Standard for the inspection of Fire Resistance Rated Joint Systems, while Randy is working on an "Inspector Firm Approval Standard", much like FM 4991, but for firestop inspector firms. Contact either Don or Randy if you want to be involved in these new programs. Visit the memberlist for their contact info.

"FCIA Member and FM 4991 Approved Contractor" Specifications Appearing - FCIA Members around the country are reporting that FCIA Membership and FM 4991 Approval is appearing in specifications. As ARCOM's MasterSpec and BSD SPECLink subscribers begin to use the new firestop spec on projects, more of these FM 4991 Requirements will show up in construction documents. Aedan Gleeson, Accreditation Committee Chair, states "Architects are enforcing the FM 4991 requirement more and more. It's a great quality program for improving your business, and speaks volumes to your commitment to life safety when you do get approved". See our online list for current FM 4991 Contractors, and descriptions of the program.

FCIA Education and Committee Action (ECA) Conference - We're only 2 weeks away from Las Vegas and the FCIA ECA Conference. There's still time to get involved! Visit the FCIA Website, download the FAXBACK Form, call the airlines, hotel and join us. Great last minute fares are available. (Chicago to Las Vegas at about $200) The education program alone is worth your time! Not on a committee yet? Contact the committee chair.

Address Corrections - We're doing corrections to our FCIA Member database and website. Please take a look at your listing, and respond to this email with changes. We receive about 1700 visits per month...mainly to these pages. Check your company description and be sure it's enticing to a potential client.

FCIA Firestop Industry Conference (FIC) - FCIA's FIC dates have changed slightly. To avoid conflicts with election day, we've moved the date to November 12 - 15, 2003. Bring your family to Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Florida! Seminars will be organized to not lock you into meetings all day, every day. Watch for more info on this key FCIA Event after the Education and Committee Action Conference in Las Vegas.

Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director

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