There's good reason that in many areas BDA's are now a CODE DRIVEN REQUIREMENT. During 9/11, firemen and police officers couldn't communicate properly inside the World Trade Center. This triggered changes to the IFC and NFPA codes greatly improving communications for first responders ensuring their radios work wherever they go.
Many cities and counties in the US have enacted local ordinances and codes making in-building coverage for first responders mandatory. With these regulations every new building must meet a minimum level of first responder communication reliability as a condition for occupancy. It is the responsibility of the building's owner or operator to have their building tested by a certified Public Safety DAS professional. If required, they must have a system installed and ensure it passes all code specifications.
Understanding these local codes is imperitive since every jurisdiction has slightly different ordinances. Some states have drafted their own statutes to govern Public Safety Communications. Many Municipalities are adopting the language in the IFC and NFPA codes as basis for their interpretation. That means that the location of your building and the relevant local authority dictates which codes must be followed.
|THE PUBLIC SAFETY DAS SYSTEM MUST BE ABLE TO PASS THE COMMISSIONING TEST, ACCEPTANCE TEST AND ANNUAL SYSTEM PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY BACK-UP TESTS.
When it comes to building codes for Public Safety DAS, the IFC and NFPA are the most commonly used standards. Understanding these is critical as the building and the Public Safety DAS must meet all requirements to pass the inspection.
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