InBuilding - Volume 1, Issue 1 - 23
IBW PUBLIC SAFETY DAS
KNOW THE CODE
What you should know about public safety in-building requirements.
BY DOMINIC VILLECCO
lot goes into a building.
You need permits, contractors and seemingly exhaustive resources to turn your plans
into reality. You also need to make
sure you're following proper safety
codes to ensure the safety of your
tenants and reduce your liability as
a building owner.
Your building is an investment.
You invest a lot of money,
time and sweat equity into your
plan to make it a reality. So, why
would you risk everything you've
built by skipping safety codes and
regulations? The answer is: You
wouldn't. Any smart building
owner understands the importance
of regulation compliance. And
in-building public safety radio
coverage is no exception.
The International Code Council's (ICC) International Fire Code
(IFC) formulated a set of requirements for in-building coverage of
public safety radio communication
systems known as Section 510. This
requirement was ﬁrst introduced
in 2009 and has been updated
and propagating its way into local
building codes since inception. This
requirement is intended to help
ﬁrst responders with more eﬀective
communications via available radio
systems in times of emergency or
disaster, which would involve your
building and its tenants.
The National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) also produced
Building managers need to understand the local fire code
and the applicability of emergency radio system coverage.
a similar set of regulations known
as the National Fire Alarm and
Signaling Code, or NFPA 72. Like
Section 510 of the IFC, NFPA
72's Emergency Communications
Systems requirements are designed
to help save lives in the event of an
emergency involving your building.
This ﬁre code, like IFC, includes
minimal received radio signal levels,
statistical percentage coverage of
your building, backup power and
other similar technical and operational requirements that must be
adhered to for proper compliance.
All codes typically designate
an authority having jurisdiction
(AHJ) as the party or group
responsible for ensuring you meet
the requirements outlined in the
code. Often times, the AHJ is the
ﬁre department in the municipality where your building resides.
Many times the radio signal coverage requirement is to ensure ﬁre
department radio channels will
work properly in your building in
case of emergency. However, we
have seen individual AHJs require
emergency medical services
(EMS) and police department
(PD) radio coverage requirements
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