FCIA at FM Approvals - FCIA Accreditation Chair, Aedan Gleeson and 2005 President, Bob LeClair, spent time with FM Approvals in Norwood, MA last week. Aedan and Bob, plus FCIA Executive Director Bill McHugh, spent time with George Smith, Jeff Gould and Roger .... discussing the program. Watch for an update at the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 & 28, 2005.
FCIA at CCHRB Seminar - Cutting edge speakers were in attendance at the Chicago Council on High Rise Buildings High Rise Safety Seminar. Basic researchers from the USA National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Canada's National Research Council presented that 'redundancy and robustness' are needed in buildings today. Also, human behavior in fires justifies the need for effective compartmentation in buildings. Watch for more on this in the months to come as NIST publishes it's findings on the World Trade Center disasters.
FCIA at NASFM - FCIA 2005 President, Bob LeClair and Executive Director Bill McHugh, paid a visit to the offices of Jim Burns, State Fire Marshal, State of New York, current President of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM). NASFM has been very active bringing Total Fire Protection to Code Hearings for ICC and NFPA. They believe that Building Occupant Education, Effective Compartmentation, Detection and Alarms, Structural Protection and Suppression systems are ALL important to protect building occupants. Bert Polk, Partnership for Safer Buildings Team Member will present to at the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference with IFC on Friday, April 29.
ICC Chapter Praises Effective Compartmentation - The Allen County, IN Building Department was contacted by the local fire department following a commercial business fire to evaluate the need for emergency demolition order for the portion of the building that remained standing. The owner of the building commented that he now understood the benefits of fire and building codes. He noted that the portion of the building that was still standing, containing the administrative offices, had recently been remodeled, and the contractor had been required to add fire separation walls between the office and warehouse. This had increased cost but, as the owner now acknowledged, turned out to be worth every penny. The result, a business relocated and operating with minimal downtime because the building and fire safety codes had been followed. Building Safety Journal, April, 2005.
FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference - There's still time to make your reservations, and attend the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference. FCIA is joined by IFC and it's Committees, who are also meeting Tuesday, April 26, and together with FCIA Committee Meetings Wednesday, April 27, 2005. Visit the events page for info on the conference, and visit http://www.mgmgrandlv.com for hotel reservations.
FCIA Committees to Meet in Las Vegas - Here's the topics FCIA and IFC committees will discuss in Las Vegas:
FCIA's NEW Education Offerings - FCIA Members have volunteered through the Education, Technical and Marketing Committees to produce FCIA's Firestopping Education Documents. Each of these will be available free or for sale at the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference, Las Vegas, NV:
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 Members, FREE USE. You pay shipping.
FCIA Call for FCIA Conference Presentations - FCIA's Program Committee seeks programs for upcoming FCIA Conferences in 2005. The Call for Presentations for the Firestop Industry Conference is open until June 30, 2005. Presentation submissions are welcome from FCIA Members, Architects, Engineers, Code Officials, Fire Marshals, Building Owners and Managers, Contractors, Consultants, Manufacturers, and others. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the presentation outline or idea for consideration.
FCIA Board Member discovers article that finally gets it - FCIA Director Don Sabrsula, FireSafe of Houston, Inc., submitted an article from the Dallas Morning News noting that a GC was being sued for omitting things like "fireproofing the holes" in a condo building. Visit https://www.fcia.org to see the text. It's about time the industry be held accountable for such an important fire and life safety item like firestopping. If the builder had used an FCIA Member, Specialty Firestop Contractor, this travesty may have been avoided.
FCIA Thanks Education and Committee Action Conference Sponsors - FCIA's Education and Committee Action Conference sponsorships from FCIA Member Manufacturers, are appreciated. FCIA Thanks 3M Fire Protection Products, HILTI, Inc., International Firestop Council, Passive Fire Protection Partners, RectorSeal, Inc., Specified Technologies, Inc.
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