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HCC & Associates, Inc.

Fire Protection, Safety, and
Regulation Compliance Consultants

Baltimore & Philadelphia 
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Hal C. Cohen, PE, CSP

HCC & Associates, Inc.
PO Box 8085
West Grove, PA 19390

Phone: 302-369-6901





Passive Fire Protection System Support

The lack of adequately installed and maintained passive fire protection systems has promulgated several new regulatory requirements. These regulatory requirements are intended to ensure that all fire barrier elements (e.g., fire rated wall assemblies, fire rated floor assemblies, and firestop systems) are properly installed and maintained. The professional fire protection engineers at HCC & Associates can help you comply with firestopping regulatory requirements in a cost effective manner. HCC & Associates is a proud member of the Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA). Our fire protection engineers have successfully completed STI’s Firestop Instructional Training and HILTI’s HASFC Level 1 workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Firestop Contractors International AssociationOur first approach is to help you manage your own fire barrier management program by providing comprehensive initial assessment, training, and periodic oversight. However, we can provide full service fire barrier management services. We also provide building owners, developers, and contractors third-party firestopping inspection services in accordance with the procedures of ASTM E2174, “Standard Practice for On-site Inspection of Installed Fire Stops” and ASTM E2393, “Standard Practice for On-site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers.” Our passive fire protection system support extends to the Philadelphia, Wilmington DE, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. areas:

  • Conducting third party firestopping inspections in accordance with ASTM E2174, “Standard Practice for On-site Inspection of Installed Fire Stops” and ASTM E2393, "Standard Practice for On-site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers”
  • Conducting annual fire barrier management inspections for all types of occupancies
  • Conducting training and establishing in-house firestopping maintenance programs
  • Identifying required fire barriers throughout a facility
  • Assisting in selecting qualified firestopping installers and firestopping management software programs

Third Party Firestopping Inspections

Fire safety in Philadelphia & Baltimore areas Some regulatory requirements and project specifications require an independent party to inspect firestop systems, membrane penetrations, joint systems, and curtain wall systems. This inspection is paid for by the owner, general contractor, or some other party not associated with the parties installing firestopping. HCC & Associates provides this service following ASTM E2174, “Standard Practice for On-site Inspection of Installed Fire Stops” and ASTM E2393, "Standard Practice for On-site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers.” We review all of the proposed firestopping systems before installation, inspect the installed firestopping systems, and provide compliance reports.


Fire Barrier Management Inspections

Fire safety in Philadelphia & Baltimore areasThe International Fire Code, section 703, which is adopted by many jurisdictions, requires annual visual inspections of fire rated construction. NFPA 1 Fire Code, requires fire-resistance-rated assemblies in high-rise buildings to be visually inspected for integrity at least once every 5 years. NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, requires the annual inspection of fire doors. Multiple regulatory agencies require the periodic inspection and maintenance of fire and smoke barriers in healthcare occupancies.

HCC & Associates has completed hundreds of surveys of high-rise buildings, warehouses, and other occupancy types for the federal government and private companies. We are familiar with the building areas that typically require fire rated construction and approved firestopping systems. In addition to completing the required inspections, our field engineers have the technical capability to determine the fire barriers that are required by code. Oftentimes, facility managers spend money unnecessarily maintaining fire barriers that are not required by the local code. HCC & Associates can help cost effectively manage your fire barriers.


Fire safety in Philadelphia & Baltimore areas

Before joining HCC & Associates some of our fire protection engineers were Regional Fire and Safety Protection Engineers for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We are very familiar with healthcare requirements and most importantly, how to work within the sensitive healthcare environment. Healthcare facilities sometimes undergo multiple piecemeal renovations and modernizations. Oftentimes, the locations of smoke barriers, horizontal exits, and fire barriers become misaligned and disjointed as different architects design different building areas. HCC & Associates provides complete fire barrier assessments and inventories based on the applicable code requirements. We also have the ability to provide fire barrier management plan drawings or assist your in-house staff in preparing these drawings.

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