International Firestop Council Offers Free Firestop Inspector Training Program

March 2005

The International Firestop Council, Westford, Mass., introduces its Firestop Inspector Training Program. Available to building inspectors and officials throughout the United States and Canada, the program provides an in-depth look at proper installation techniques and code enforcement of firestopping.

The free two-hour seminar focuses on the requirements, proper inspection, and enforcement needed for different firestop applications. Developed and presented by IFC’s industry experts, the presentation enables inspectors and officials to accurately identify proper firestopping to ensure today’s building codes are being met. The Inspector Training Program has been approved by The American Institute of Architects, and participants can receive AIA continuing education credits.

"While almost all other training seminars in our industry are managed through the manufacturers, our training incorporates perspectives from many IFC representatives, including those from testing laboratories, code experts, consultants and manufacturers,” said Phil Zanghi, Education Committee chair, IFC.

IFC also offers half-day, full-day and other specialized seminars for fire fighters, architects, engineers and consultants on a variety of firestopping topics. These seminars are often incorporated into regularly scheduled building official meetings as part of their periodic training requirements.

The seminars are not at pre-scheduled locations; interested parties should contact IFC to set up their own session. To learn more or sign up for IFC’s Inspector Training Program, contact the IFC office at 877.241.3769 or send an e-mail to info@firestop.org. Literature and inspection manuals are available via the IFC Web site, www.firestop.org.