FCIA Committee Meetings,
Committee Updates, Fall Meeting Date Announcement
FCIA Committee Meetings a big success!
Over 60 people attended FCIA Committee Meetings in Phoenix,
AZ May 4-5, 2001. Committee meetings were all well attended,
with new committee chairs elected. Goals and objectives
were set by each committee for the coming year.
Additionally, updates were delivered by Mark Tyrol, FM Global;
Rich Walke, UL & a roundtable discussion on Perimeter
Fire Containment Systems generated much interest.
- Aedan Gleeson
(GPI - Gleeson Powers,Inc.,508.553.0800, email@example.com
) & Craig
Watkins (Nelson Firestop Products, Inc., 614-834-8102 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discussion in this committee was targeted at publicizing
the FM 4991 Firestop Contractor Approval Program. Mark
Tyrol, FM, gave a PowerPoint presentation about FM.
This presentation is being reformatted for FCIA Members use
at various meetings, to be available from the Education Committee
this summer. The group also started researching the
"Firestop Inspector Firm/Agency Approval Program", to
approve 3rd party independent inspector firms, much like the
Firestop Contractor Approval Standard, FM 4991. Underwriters
Laboratories is in discussions with the committee about this
emerging specialty. Jeff Gould, FM, recently announced
that the official "FM 4991 Standard" is now available.
Contact the FCIA Office if you need a copy. And, FCIA
made a call on the ARCOM Masterspec person responsible for
firestopping to introduce the FM 4991 Standard to this important
- Mike Dominguez,
Firestop Specialties, Miami, FL - Chair. (305.871.2320 FireStop34@aol.com
) The Technical Committee
worked diligently on filling in the gaps in the FCIA Manual
of Practice. Although the book is almost complete and
valuable "as is", the committee is finishing the book.
New sections will be sent to existing manual holders and included
in new MOP's sold this summer. On the "3rd Party Independent
Inspection Standard", written by Don Sabrsula, FireSafe of
Houston, Inc., FCIA has hired consultant Randy Hensley to
prepare the document in "ASTM Format" for the ASTM Balloting
Process taking place in late July.
- Pete Barbadoro,
FireSmart Systems, Inc., Quincy, MA - Chair (617.786.1413
) Pete and Renee Woodruff,
F Rodgers Insulation Interiors Inc., Livermore, CA - (770.574.2232 Sealsys1@aol.com
) Co-Chair, are working together
to develop educational tools that contractors can use to improve
their own firms and educate the industry influences in their
- Steve MacMillan,
Fire Barrier, Inc., (954.344.6862, email@example.com
The website has been used by both FCIA members and
interested parties to get information about the industry and
FCIA. Our goal is to keep the information up to date...no
small task in this fast growing and changing group.
- Bob LeClair, A.F.
Underhill, Inc., Chair (781.828.9760, firstname.lastname@example.org
) The mission
of this group is "to develop enlightening, entertaining and
energetic programs that provide the membership with professional
and social venues to improve the industry through interaction."
They are actively organizing the Fall Meeting in New Orleans,
and scheduling events for the next few years as well.
- Kathy Taraba, 1 Source
Firestop, Inc. - Chair (303.838.6110 email@example.com
) The code committee
is working with FCIA's Consultant, Bill Koffel, Koffel
Associates, Inc. on the International Building Codes and NFPA
5000 Code. Bill is very involved in both ICC and NFPA
and has helped get FCIA known in these important
industry groups. He's also working with FCIA to
develop new strategies aimed at the Firestop industry's needs.
A meeting is to be scheduled in Colorado to set strategic
direction of this important committee with Bill Koffel.
Contact Kathy for details.
- Don Murphy, PPMI
Firestop - Chair (317.894.9111 firstname.lastname@example.org
) and Breck Spain,
Performance Contracting ( 916.485.4891 email@example.com
) The committee is working
together with the Education Committee to develop a marketing
presentation on the FCIA for members to use to promote the
FCIA. And, the committee is working with the International
Firestop Council to jointly exhibit in trade shows where FCIA will
be involved as well. Contact Don Murphy if
you are interested in working with this group.
Perimeter Fire Containment Roundtable
- Over 30 people attended this optional, earlybird program.
Attendees all were involved in serious discussion educating
themselves about this critical passive fire protection feature.
Topics covered included updates on current codes, testing
differentiation between typical "joints" and "perimeter
fire containment "joints", testing at Omega Point Laboratories
and Underwriters Laboratories, status of the new ASTM Standard
due out soon, confusion between flame barrier requirements
at spandrel with joint protection at slab edge, and discussion
about the various types of perimeter construction other
than glass curtainwall...such as brick, block, granite, Exterior Insulation
Finish Systems (EIFS), and industry education/training
about this critical area. There will be a follow up
meeting to this at the International Firestop Council Meeting
in Dallas, June 18, 2001. Contact Richard Byrne at
FCIA Fall Meeting - Get ready and mark
your calendars now for New Orleans, LA - November 7 -
9, 2001. The Program Committee is working as a
team to assemble a world class conference for FCIA.
Watch for more details in the next few weeks.
FCIA in the spotlight - Factory Mutual
publishes a subscriber newsletter where the FM 4991 Approved
Firestop Contractor Program will be announced. Look
for the article in the summer issue. FM Publishes the
newsletter sending it to building owners, architects and other
parties interested in loss prevention. Also, The National
Roofing Contractors Association published in their NRCA Member
News a short announcement about the new FM 4991 Approved
Firestop Contractor Program.
FCIA Invests in Promotion - FCIA contractor
and manufacturer members have designed and purchased a "Display
Booth Tower" for use at trade shows by FCIA Members.
The booth, (84"H x 30" x 30" triangle) can be used in a standard
10' x 10' booth space at local, national and regional trade
shows in conjunction with your own mockups and table tops. To
schedule the booth (you pay shipping costs) for a trade show
in your area, call the FCIA office at 630.690.0682.
FCIA Members in the Spotlight - FCIA
members are taking their "Firestop Programs" to the streets!
Listed below are seminars given by FCIA members the last few
months: Associated General Contractors - Panel, Mike
Hubbard (Firestop Technologies, Inc., Powell, TN), Karen
Layng (Vedder Price), Don Murphy (PPMI Firestop), Blase Reardon,
Mike Wellons (Firestop Carolinas, Inc.), Renee Woodruff (Seal
Systems, Inc.), spoke at the AGC Convention, Nashville,
TN; Blase Reardon and Breck Spain (Performance Contracting)
spoke at W.R. Grace & Co.'s National Sales Meeting, Greenville,
SC; Aedan Gleeson and Blase Reardon addressed the Connecticut
Fire Marshals and Building Inspectors at their annual conference
on Passive Fire Containment, Storrs, CT; Bob LeClair
(A.F. Underhill) and Blase Reardon addressed the Massachusetts
Fire Marshals Convention in Amherst, MA. If you are
speaking or have spoken recently, let the FCIA Office know!
We're tracking FCIA Member contacts with our industry.
FCIA News needs you! - If
you have anything of significance to report; i.e. presentations,
education accolades, business accomplishments, etc......
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your news. FCIA Members are on the move. Make
it known through your association!