6963 Algonquin Dr | Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231.412.7882 | dave@fdifiredoors.com


Swing type fire doors have been a vital component to the fire rated means of egress in commercial buildings. The International Building Code adopted by the International Code Council addresses the importance of these doors, frames and associated hardware. To help protect property and save lives, these doors must operate when called upon. Fire doors save lives and protect property. Effective fire doors are essential to ensure that occupants can evacuate a burning building swiftly and safely; avoiding potentially tragic consequences. Escape routes in buildings such as hospitals, care homes, schools, hotels, places of assembly, etc. require significant protection; and fire doors are probably the single most important element in giving occupants time to safely evacuate the building. A fire door is not just the door leaf. It is a complete assembly comprising the frame, any glazing, intumescent fire and smoke seals and all the hardware that is used on the door, such as hinges, overhead door closers, latches and locks. Just like other life safety devices, such as fire extinguishers and alarms, fire doors and final escape doors need regular, stringent inspection and maintenance to ensure that they will perform as intended in the event of a fire.

Fire Door Inspections, LLC uses a proven method of observing, inspecting and reporting each door that is located in required means of egress, or designated by use such as mechanical room and electrical room doors. Building codes save lives and our goal is to help you meet these requirements.

Principal Inspector

David McFarland

With 40 years of experience in the construction industry, including all facets of building design, specification writing, contract administration, construction management, and architects representative providing field observations of compliance of design intent. This experience provides him with the necessary observation tools to accurately determine compliance with those codes required to meet NFPA-80. Pertinent codes referencing NFPA-80 such as; NFPA 101 Chapter 7, IBC Chapters 7 and 10, International Fire Code, OSHA Chapter 1910.36. all require inspection compliance on an annual basis. He has extensive experience in documenting site observations and maintaining accurate records for future use if required.

David now adds his expertise as a litigation consultant focusing on fire doors, fire door assemblies, architectural door hardware, and building codes in the means of egress including accessible means of egress.


Cum Laude, 1997


Activities & Affiliations

  • IFDIA, Member
  • NFPA, Member
  • ALOA, Member
  • International Association of Investigative Locksmiths (IAIL) member
  • Michigan Society of Healthcare Engineers (MiSHE) member

Fire Door Inspection Certification

  • IFDIA 08/2017
  • CFDI from IFDIA 08/2017
  • LSFDI from ALOA 08/2017
  • CFL from IAIL 08/2018