We'd like to formally congratulate our co-founder, Brian McAllister, for his recent achievement in obtaining his NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator credential. Brian has been investigating fires for several years and has taken numerous training classes to obtain his certification. The hard work and dedication of our leaders and team members is what makes FireTox an amazing company. We pride ourselves on developing talented and skilled professionals to lead our efforts in the fire investigation and fire protection engineering fields.

Compartmentation is a critical passive fire protection component. Without proper firestopping pf penetrations and joints, compartmentation can be ineffective in slowing the spread of a fire. In 2015, new requirements for inspection of firestopping were introduced in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). Among other things, the IBC requires that firestopping be inspected in accordance with ASTM E2174- Standard Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Firestops and ASTM E2393- Standard Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers. ASTM requires that inspectors witness the installation of a percentage of firestop systems or destructively test a percentage of the installed firestop systems. FireTox staff are trained to perform firestop special inspections, and we are proud to be recognized as a Premier Certificate holder by the International Firestop Council. If you have questions about your project, contact us today at

Last year, FireTox completed a research project focused on current approaches utilized in the fire service for proficiency training and continuing education. This research was funded by the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation. The comprehensive final report presented various continuing education models used throughout the United States and Canada and also established the number of States and Provinces with continuing education requirements. McAllister and McAllister recently published an article in Fire Engineering magazine which presents the key findings from this extensive research effort. If you are a fire service professional interested in or responsible for implementing continuing education in your station or your department, this article is a must read. The article can be accessed here. Due to the pandemic, the planned presentation of this work at the 2020 NFPA Annual Conference was cancelled. FireTox hopes to present this important work and updates on related NFPA ProQual committee actions to the fire service community at the 2021 NFPA Annual Conference.

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