NFPA 1221: Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems

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Prompt and effective emergency response by first responders and other entities depends on reliable emergency services communications.

NFPA 1221, Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems covers all aspects of service delivery, from receiving calls to dispatching emergency units to the correct location in the appropriate time period.

The standard contains procedural and physical criteria for the installation, performance, operation, and maintenance of public emergency services communications systems and facilities, including in-building signal enhancement for first responders.

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Does your public facility meet the code for in-building communications?

3 things to know about NFPA 1221:

  1. Ensure first line responders can effectively communicate from your location in an emergency.
  2. Buildings that cannot support the required level of radio coverage shall be equipped with an indoor distributed antenna system (DAS) with FCC-certified signal boosters, or a system that is otherwise approved, in order to achieve the required adequate radio coverage.
  3. Several County Authorities Having Jurisdiction are enforcing the Code Mandates for Public Safety DAS prior to granting Certificate of Occupancy approvals.

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