Newsletter August 28, 2001

Volume 3, issue #4

New Orleans FCIA Meeting, Nov. 7 - 9, 2001, August Board Meeting, FCIA Presentations to the industry...

We at FCIA Headquarters hope you and yours had a good summer.  As with every year, now is the time to "get back into the swing of things".  FCIA is really moving with much going on and big things coming up!

FCIA Meeting - New Orleans, LA - November 7 - 9, 2001 -  Call the Renaissance Hotel, New Orleans to make a reservation at (888) 364-1200, reference "Firestop Contractors International" group.  Room rate is $189. per night, plus tax.  There are many conventions in New Orleans at this time making early reservations essential. 

The Program committee (Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop, LLC; Bob LeClaire, A.F. Underhill, Inc., co-chairs) has been hard at work on the agenda around the theme "Strength through increased Technical Knowledge"  .  Listed below are a few highlights by day.

Wednesday, November 7 - Pres. Welcome, Review Committee Mission Statements & Reports, FM & UL Updates, Committee meetings, Group Reception, Dinner on own. 

Thursday, November 8 - Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Discussion, Educational Committee Presentation, breakout sessions by equipment specialists, perimeter fire containment roundtable & FCIA Banquet.

Friday, November 9 - Committee wrap-ups, committee rollouts, FM Testing, FM "How to Get Approved" Session, Annual Business Meeting, Election results.

A formal announcement and a faxback form will be sent in early September.  The Program Committee looks forward to seeing you there!

FCIA Board Meeting - Kansas City, MO - August 2/3, 2001 - The volunteer Board of Directors of FCIA met in Kansas City to discuss FCIA business.  Committee reports were heard with much activity taking place.  The Education Committee is developing an "FCIA" Presentation for use by members.  The Technical Committee, (Chaired by Mike Dominguez, Firestop Specialties, Miami, FL, with board liaison Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Henderson, CO), is quite active and meeting as a group in Colorado to work on the Manual of Practice; Sub Committees of Technical; Codes had a strategic planning session with our Code Consultant, Bill Koffel; Don Sabrsula, FireSafe of Houston, Inc., continues to move the "3rd Party Inspection Standard" forward at ASTM.  Voting on the standard to take place this fall. 

FCIA Presentations - Randy Bosscawen and Dave Daniel of MultiCon Construction, Columbus OH, presented the new "FM 4991 Firestop Contractor Approval Standard" and FCIA to the "Annual Conference on Fire Safety", Columbus, OH in July.  In early September, FCIA will be featured in the Eastern States Insulation Contractors Association Fall Conference.  Contact Scott Rankin, Pyro Stop, LLC if you are interested in attending & being part of the presentation team.  (610.485.9436)

FCIA & FM 4991  - According to Accreditation Chair, Aedan Gleeson, Architects are starting to specify "FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractors" in construction documents as a qualification for general contractors to use when choosing a Firestop Contractor.  Look for the list of architects in the next newsletter!

From the FCIA Board of Directors - Best wishes for a profitable and safe fall construction season.  We look forward to meeting existing and new members in New Orleans, November 7 - 9, 2001.  The Program Committee promises the time to be worth our investment. 

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