15 - Part 2, 2004
- FCIA Reponds to ENR Fire Protection Article
- FCIA at NASFM Conference
- FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & 5 Year Anniversary
- FCIA Tech Committee Meetings
FCIA is Alive - There's been so much going on at FCIA
over the past 60 days that it took two releases to report
on activity. It's hard to believe that just 5 years ago, there
were only 7 founding members thinking about an association
for Firestopping Contractors. Thanks to our Charter Members
for getting this started. And, thanks to our new FCIA Members
who bring energy and fresh ideas to FCIA. Many good things
start from small beginnings.
FCIA Responds to ENR Fire Protection Article - A recent
cover story on Fire Protection in Engineering News Record
(ENR) Magazine featured many small articles that discussed
fire protection in the US since the 9/11 World Trade Center
and Pentagon Attacks. There's been much debate about fire
protection in the post 9/11 world. Do buildings get designed
to protect against bombs, planes, terrorists? What is the
most optimum level of protection in buildings? The ENR articles
showed many sides to the story. FCIA applauds ENR and Specifying
Consulting Engineering Magazine for allowing open discussion
on Effective Compartmentation, Active and Passive Fire Protection
role in protection of people, property and buildings. Read
the article and then check out the FCIA
letter to the editor sent to ENR by the FCIA Board.
FCIA Member SOM Meeting - Barclay Myers, Nexlevel
Construction Solutions, & Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive
Director, were invited to spend time with Skidmore Owings
& Merrill (SOM) discussing the Process of Firestopping
and specifications. The conclusion was that SOM also believes
the Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept may be the best
way to get quality Firestopping in their projects, worldwide.
Also invited to attend by SOM were representatives from 3M
Fire Protection Products and HILTI. FCIA has had similar Firestopping
Process Specification discussions with other leading architectural
firms, like RTKL, OWP&P, Jacobs Engineering, to name a
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & 5 Year Anniversary
Celebration - Learn about
the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference on our website.
FCIA's 5th anniversary is a milestone for FCIA. Celebrate,
educate yourself, and have some fun at this conference.
FCIA Program Committee - FCIA's Program Committee
is looking for members to help with planning FCIA Conferences.
The committee meets virtually on email, face to face at FCIA
Conferences, and via teleconference in between. The group
decides locations for FCIA Conferences and works together
with the Executive Director to develop the educational agenda
for each conference. If this is up your alley, email Bob
LeClair, Chair of the Program Committee.
FCIA Code Committee - FCIA's Code Committee is in
transition. Bill McHugh and Ray Usher have been participating
in code activities the past few months. We would like to transition
in two FCIA Contractor Members into this group to work with
us on Code activities to promote the TRIAD of Fire Protection.
Reply to this Email if you are interested in the Code Committee,
or call the FCIA office at 630.690.0682.
FCIA at NASFM Conference - FCIA's Marketing Committee,
Don Murphy, PPMI Firestop, Inc., Chair, is participating in
the upcoming National Association of State Fire Marshals Conference
in St. Louis, Thursday and Friday, July 8 & 9, 2004. FCIA
has reserved a tabletop space and will invest time supporting
a group who's mission promotes Fire and Life Safety in many
FCIA Future Efforts depend on you! - "FCIA has
done in the short 5 years what most associations accomplish
in 20 years", according to FCIA 2004 President, Ray Usher.
FCIA continues to develop relationships with the architectural
and code communities, educating about the benefits to Fire
and Life Safety when a FCIA Member, Specialty Firestop Contractor,
is used on projects to complete Effective Compartmentation.
FCIA's future is in your hands, and your feedback is how we
grow together. Got an idea, program, project description,
(good or bad) or topic FCIA should be tackling to suggest?
Just reply to this email, and we'll get it circulated to a
committee or the FCIA Board of Directors.
FCIA Technical Committee Meetings - FCIA's Technical
Committee has been gearing up for the Manual of Practice (MOP)
5 year review. "There are new chapters to write, and
much new technology and testing to add to the MOP in the 4
short years the document has been in print", states Mike
Dominguez, Firestop Specialties, Inc., FCIA Technical Committee
Chair. Technical Committee Members, please reply to this email
to confirm attendance at a meeting in Florida July 22 -25,
or offering technical document review via email from the comfort
of wherever you choose to be. We'll need a lot of help to
produce another quality document like the first edition of
FCIA Office Vacation - FCIA's office will be closed
from June 18 through July 5 for recharging of batteries....Have
a great 4th of July.
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
Production is not the application of tools to materials,
but logic to work
- Peter Drucker, 1965
Firestopping is not the application of materials to holes,
but the process of selecting, installing tested and listed
systems to penetrations, joints and perimeter fire protection
- Ray Usher, FCIA President, 2004
FCIA's Firestop Industry Conference - November 10 - 13,
2004 - Frenchman's Reef Hotel, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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interested in furthering life safety through the Professional
Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept.
For more information, contact the
Bill McHugh, Executive Director
1257 Golf Circle
Wheaton, IL 60187
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