The Mid-Atlantic Chimney Association, also known as MACA, will sponsor an extremely beneficial two-day event in Virginia in August that will feature new Chimney Safety Institute of America course on chimney fires, as well as health and safety.

The Aug. 19-20 event at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel will be held in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Pricing starts at $199.

The event includes instruction from CSIA Education Director Ashley Eldridge and is open to all chimney and venting industry professionals.

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It coincides with a MACA meeting.

Eldridge’s presentation is based on the highly regarded whitepaper, “Chimney Fires: Causes, Effects & Evaluation” that was first printed in 1992 and prepared by the CSIA Chimney Fire Education and Research Task Force.

The white paper, already available at no cost to sweeps, is in its fourth printing.

“There is a need in the industry for this type of course, and we are meeting that need,” Eldridge said.

The task force included some of the most respected names in the industry: Chairman Jerry Isenhour; Jim Brewer; Eldridge; and P.C. Luter III, with technical services by David S. Johnston. “I believe people will benefit from knowing the content of the white paper.”

The Health and Safety portion of the two-day event is also going to be beneficial due to the industry need.

“They are difficult CEUs to acquire because most of the education that is offered in the industry is technical in nature. But, CEUs for health and safety are just as important, and in demand. We’re seeing more awareness on the need for health and safety, and CSIA is best equipped to do it.”

MACA Director of Education James Bostaph, who is also treasurer for the CSIA Board of Directors, added: “The safety part is sorely needed, and expertise in chimney fires from one of the authors of a landmark document for CSIA is vital. Sweeps who sign up will receive an immersive experience that goes beyond just a slideshow presentation.”