Class 2 - Two-Way Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) and Emergency Responders Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) - NEW CODE UPDATES
CONTINUED EDUCATION / ACCREDICATION
ICC Course No 19707
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Approved for 8 Hrs - 0.8 ICC-CEUs
The NEW specific code requirements for the design, installation and performance of these Two-Way Emergency Communication Systems (ECS) and ERRCS are specified in NFPA 72-2019 and NFPA 1221-2016 which are currently being updated to NFPA 72-2022 and NFPA 1225-2022.
Reliable communication between first responders (Police and Fire) during emergency events is essential to provide better management and control of the event. For many years, these systems were based on wired technology such as phone-jacks and emergency (Fire Wardens) phones; however, based on first responders' feedback, it was determined that they prefer to use their personal portable radios for communication during emergency events. Emergency Responders Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) were first required by the 2009 IFC and associated NFPA standards 2009 NFPA-5000 and the 2010 NFPA-72. This presentation will discuss and clarify current IBC and IFC codes and specific NFPA installation and performance requirements from the perspective of enforcing agencies/AHJ.
This class will focus on the NEW Code requirements for in-buildings Two-Way Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) in NFPA 72-2019 and NFPA 1221-2016 and NFPA 1225-2022. NFPA 72 Section 24.10 was completely revised in the 2019 Edition: The following ECS were combined under this Section: Area Of Refuge (AOR), Stairway, Elevator Landing, and Occupant Evacuation Elevator Lobby. Other Two-Way ECS were removed and relocated to the Annex (Elevator ECS) and other sections were rearranged (Section 24.11 and 24.12). CBC-2019 also includes specific CA requirements for locked elevator lobbies Access Control and specific associated ECS. NFPA 1221-2016 (Specific Sections) is the current national applicable code for ERRCS and it includes new requirements for all ERRCS system components monitoring, supervision, survivability, etc. Specific Pathway Survivability Levels requirements for conduits, cables, wiring per NFPA 72 Chapter 12, NFPA 1221 and NFPA 1225 and Examples from actual designs will be presented and discussed in this Class.
NEW UL Standards are provided for 2-Way ECS (UL 2525) and for ERRCS (UL 2524) – These equipment standards will be required by the NEW IBC and IFC to be applied for all 2-Way ECS and ERRCS – This class will clarify and discuss the listing requirements for these systems and how AHJs can approve systems without specific listings.
New 2-HR Fire-Rated and UL 2196 Listed Coaxial Cables are available in the market in order to comply with Level 2 and 3 Pathway Survivability requirements. This Class will discuss and clarify available options to comply with Pathway Survivability requirements.
Specific ADA Requirements applied for 2-Way ECS based on IBC and ADA standards including specific CA requirements for locked elevator lobbies in existing High-Rise buildings. These requirements will be discussed and clarified.
Retroactive requirements for Radio Coverage and Fire Department Communications are included in Chapter 11 of IFC and CFC – Retroactive requirements for existing buildings will be discussed and clarified.
- After attending this session participants should be able to define and understand the differences between One-Way and Two-Way Emergency Communications Systems.
- Identify the various types of Two-Way Emergency Communications Systems included in NFPA 72 Chapter 24 and determine in which buildings these systems are required based on the IBC and CBC/CFC.
- Define and understand ECS and ERRCS associated code terms such as Pathway Survivability Levels, Voice Intelligibility, and System Supervision.
- Understand and learn how to apply specific NFPA 72-2019 Chapters 12 and 24 installation and performance requirements to new ECS projects, based on enforcement agencies/AHJ's requirements.
- Understand the specific IFC/IBC requirements for Emergency Responders Radio Coverage (ERRC) versus Emergency Responders Radio coverage Systems (ERRCS) in various types of existing and new buildings.
- Discuss new Supervision and Monitoring requirements for ERRCS per NFPA 1221-2016 and NFPA 1225: Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems.
- Fire Alarm, 2-Way ECS, and Electrical Personnel: Designers, Installers, Technicians, Service personnel, Vendors, Engineers.
- Radio and FCC licensed (GROL) Personnel: Designers, Installers, Technicians, Service personnel, Vendors, Engineers.
- Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and Code Officials Personnel: Fire, Building, Electrical Inspectors, Code Enforcers and Permit Plans Reviewers.
- Building Personnel: Owners, Managers, Building Engineers, Property managers.
- Professionals: Architects, Electrical and Fire Protection Engineers.
- Fire Service Personnel: Firefighters, Fire Plan Review Inspectors, Fire Field Inspectors.
TWO 4-Hour sessions via LIve Zoom Training
Session #1, Thursday, April 29, 2021 (starts at 8:30 for verifying the Zoom connection and technical issues)
Total - 4 Hour session
Session #2 Friday, April 30, 2021 (starts at 8:30 to verifying the Zoom connection and technical issues)
Total - 4 Hour session
KEYWORDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CLASS
Two-Way Emergency Communications System, One-Way Communications System, Emergency Communication System (ECS), Radio Enhancement System, Public Safety Communication System, Emergency Voice Alarm Communication System (EVACS), Phone-Jack System, Levels 0, 1, 2 or 3 Pathway Survivability, System and Floor Antenna supervision, Area-Of-Refuge Communication System, Elevator-Landing Two-Way Communication System, Stairway Communication System, Emergency Responders Radio Coverage (ERRC), Emergency Responders Radio Coverage System (ERRCS), DAS, BDA System, Radio Repeater System.
CLASS ASSOCIATED CODES AND STANDARDS
- NFPA 72 -2016, 2019, 2022 Editions
- NFPA 1221-2016, 2019 and NFPA 1225-2022 Editions
- IBC- 2018 and 2021 Editions
- IFC- 2018 and 2021 Editions
- CBC- 2019 Edition
- CFC- 2019 Edition
- UL 2524
- UL 2525