Public Safety / Emergency Responder Radio Coverage
New mandate regulation for new building
Buildings with below street level floors often experience radio frequency shielding and/or areas that present poor coverage for radio reception. As a result, emergency services personnel (Fire, Police or Ambulance) are often unable to communicate over normal channels in time critical situations. When this occurs, lives and property are at risk.
Blocked radio reception is a particular problem for first responders, who depend on unobstructed communication to ensure the safety of themselves and others in emergency situations. The events of 9/11 highlighted the need for reliable radio coverage in large buildings. To date, at least 30 states have adopted or will soon adopt codes that apply to first responder coverage.
With the enactment of IFC 510 in 2009, the fire code was updated with suggested jurisdictional guidelines regarding emergency responder radio coverage. The following are a few important IFC 510 suggested requirements.
All new buildings should have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building. Radio signal strength requirements must be met in 95% of all areas on each floor of the building.
All existing buildings should have radio coverage throughout the building and are required to retrofit the building with radio coverage if the existing wired system is not able to be repaired or is being replaced; or per a timeline as identified by the jurisdiction
NTSI designs meet or exceed current jurisdiction standards and can be designed to meet anticipated future codes and regulations.
Our Public Safety Radio services include:
- System Design and Engineering to verify coverage for the final design
- Submittal of comprehensive reports for architects, general contractors, building owners and the Fire
Department which include signal strength, all specifications, CAD drawings with antenna locations, cable
routing and equipment location and mounting instructions.
- Installation and initial testing by our certified field technicians
- Compliance testing to gain sign-off by the local Fire Department
- 24 x 7 x 365 maintenance services with a 2 hour response time
- Annual testing and reporting to both the Fire Department and building owners