GENERAL INFORMATION

Virtual Live Training Via Zoom - This is an 8-Hour ICC certified Training divided into TWO sessions:
Session 1 (4 hours): Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:00am-1:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)
Session 2 (4 hours): Friday, April 30, 2021 9:00am-1:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)


Notes:

  • In order to receive the certificate  of class completion for this class and the 8 ICC CEUs, participants will be required to fully attend both 4-hour sessions.
  • In order to monitor participants attendance during the live virtual training, participants will be required to have web-cams showing their live attendance during the class. If a certificate of completion for the class is not required - the web-cam is not required to monitor the attendance.
  • Upon completion of your class registration and payment, each participant will be emailed a unique Zoom meeting link prior to the class.
  • The certificate of class completion will be emailed to all participants after the class is completed.

CONTINUED EDUCATION / ACCREDICATION

ICC Course No 19707

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Approved for 8 Hrs - 0.8 ICC-CEUs



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CLASS DESCRIPTION

The Building Code (IBC/CBC) specifies Where and When Two-Way Communications Systems are required in buildings. Such as IBC-2018 Section 403.5.3.1 includes requirements for "Stairway Communication System", Section 1009.6.5 includes requirements for "Areas of Refuge Two-Way Communication", Section 1009.8 Include requirements for "Elevator Landing Two-Way Communication System" and CBC-2019 Section 1010.1.9.12 includes requirements for Locked Elevator Lobbies. Also the IFC-2018 and CFC-2019 Section 510 and CBC-2019 Section 916 includes requirements for Emergency Responders Radio Coverage (ERRC) in NEW and EXISTING buildings.
 
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 requirement in NFPA 1225 will require all elevator cars to be considered as Critical Areas with 99% Radio Coverage. This class will discuss and clarify how elevator hoistways may be used to run Leaky Coaxial Cables to comply with this requirement.
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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES

  1. After attending this session participants should be able to define and understand the differences between One-Way and Two-Way Emergency Communications Systems.
  2. 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.
  3. Define and understand ECS and ERRCS associated code terms such as Pathway Survivability Levels, Voice Intelligibility, and System Supervision.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • 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.

CLASS OUTLINE



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)

9:00 am - 10:30 am

1hr-30 min
Topic: General ECS and ERRCS overview and different type of systems
Topic: Review applicable Fire and Building Codes and NFPA Standards associated with ECS/ERRCS projects.
Delivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A

10:30 am - 11:00 am

30 min
15 Minute Break + 15 Minutes of Q&ADelivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

1hr-30 min
Topic: Building, Fire Codes and NFPA Standards Review of useful/common definitions and terms associated with Two-Way ECS and ERRCS.
Topic: Review specific features of different Type systems

Delivery Method
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

30 min
15 Minute Break + 15 Minutes of Q&A
Delivery Method
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A
   Total - 4 Hour session

Session #2 Friday, April 30, 2021 (starts at 8:30 to verifying the Zoom connection and technical issues)

9:00 am - 10:30 am

1hr -30 min
Topic: Review specific NFPA 72 - 2019 and 2016 for ECS and ERRCS.
Topic: Review IBC/IFC -2018 and CFC/CBC-2019 specific requirements for ECS and ERRCS.
Delivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A
10:30 am - 11:00 am

30 min
15 Minute Break + 15 Minutes of Q&ADelivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

1hr - 30 min
Topic: Review and discuss real life projects:  Examples of plans and permits associated with ECS and ERRCS projects.
Topic: Review and answer Course Related questions on a Q&A and open discussion format

Delivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

30 min
15 Minute Break + 15 Minutes of Q&ADelivery Method:
  • Power-Point Presentation and discussion
  • Discussion & Live Q&A
   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