NFPA Fire Code Changes: BDA System Required in All Florida Buildings by 2022

NFPA Fire Code Changes: BDA System Required in All Florida Buildings by 2022
June 22, 2018 Berk-Tel Communications

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NFPA Fire Code Changes: BDA System Testing will Required in All Florida Buildings by 2022

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) made changes in 2016 to Florida fire codes for buildings, and developers and contractors need to know how this affects their properties. In all new and existing buildings, minimum radio signal strength for fire department communications shall be maintained at a level determined by the AHJ.

The communication system is known as a BDA system (bi-directional amplifier system) or public safety DAS (PSDAS) and is installed into a structure to enhance radio bands that are used by public safety personnel. Our distinct installation is called I-BAND.

It works with amplifiers and antennas to amplify radio signals and rebroadcast them throughout the building, especially in areas that would be “dead zones” for public safety professionals, such as parking garages or stairwells. So, why are they so important?

Why a BDA System is Essential for Public Safety Communications

Many of us can understand frustration stemming from technology failures or weak cell signals, Wi-Fi, or fuzzy radio channels. However, a poor radio signal can be hazardous or deadly for firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders. People responsible for the lives of others also risk their own lives regularly, and communication is essential for their job functions. What the NFPA is now recognizing is that a BDA system like I-BAND saves lives and is just as important as smoke/fire detectors and sprinkler systems in buildings.

What is I-BAND?

Our I-BAND solution for public safety radio systems takes the good signal from outside the building, amplifies it, and redistributes it indoors so that two-way radios or other safety devices will have a consistent signal. Even in radio “dead zones” communication with both incoming and outgoing signals will be reliable.

Does the Code Change Affect My Building?

If your building has “dead zones” for public safety radio signal, then installing a BDA system or PSDAS like I-BAND is required. The systems are so important that they require ongoing monitoring and annual testing. Our I-BAND interior public safety band enhancement solutions meet or exceed all aspects of the new code requirements.