States, cities, and counties across the country have established ordinances within their building codes that require the presence of a Public Safety DAS. These ordinances typically cover new building construction and in many cases, renovated buildings. These buildings must meet standards for emergency responder communications reliability to receive a Certificate of Occupancy.
They establish performance thresholds for the reliability and coverage area of the public safety solution and set testing and certification requirements that must be met for buildings to meet the code. Additionally, a public safety design must meet the required standards of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), the IFC (International Fire Code), and of the local AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction).
Building owners and operators are responsible for adhering to all codes and ordinances related to their properties, but Pierson Wireless’ team of public safety communications experts will assist you in understanding and navigating the requirements of your municipality. To learn more about the most common standards, check out this Pierson Wireless blog entry.
The AHJ mandates which private frequencies are required to operate across a public safety system. They also determine the acceptable signal strength thresholds, the extent of property coverage that’s required, and the frequency of testing and certification for the system.