Concrete or metal construction, larger buildings, and underground structures have a negative impact on the in-building signal strength required for reliable communications of first responders. Buildings that use low-E glass windows will attenuate the signal from public safety radio systems and make it hard to communicate to the very people who could potentially save lives. Many design professionals and business owners are not aware of the ERCES requirements. ERCES stands for Emergency Radio Communication Enhanced Systems, which is what first responders use to communicate to each other in an emergency. First Responders include Fire Fighters, Police and Emergency Medical Service employees.
If ERCES is not referenced on a new building submittal, the fire official or Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) should immediately notify the building official, design professional, or building owner, in writing, that the ERCES must be evaluated. If the existing radio coverage has not been maintained, then ERCES must be provided to keep first responders safe. Prestige Alarm can also assist if necessary to let you know where you stand with this new requirement.
The Gamewell-FCI Class B Bi-Directional Amplifiers are a high gain, high powerband-selective signal booster / Bi-Directional Amplifier that have been specifically designed from the ground up for UL2524 1st Edition In-building 2-Way Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems, NFPA and IBC/IFC standards compliance, to become the best choice for public safety and other mission-critical applications. Prestige Alarm is a dealer who can survey, evaluate, install and maintain a BDA system at your location.
Certain municipalities are now requiring potential comprehensive emergency communication systems. Prestige Alarm can work with any requirements you need whether it is a mass notification system, BDA system or a standard Fire Alarm System. Prestige Alarm is a supplier and installer for Honeywell Gamewell-FCI comprehensive emergency communication systems.