Getting the AHJ approval for an Emergency Responder Radio Communication System (ERRCS)

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) are governmental or non-governmental entities responsible for enforcing building codes, fire codes, and other regulations in a given jurisdiction.

The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) plays a crucial role in the approval of an Emergency Responder Radio Communication System (ERRCS). Berk-Tel Communications has experience working with AHJ’s all over the country and understands nationwide requirements. Here are the key responsibilities of the AHJ:

  1. Code Enforcement: The AHJ interprets and enforces the specific code adopted by their city, town, or county1. This includes codes from organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Fire Code (IFC)1.
  2. System Approval: The AHJ reviews and approves the ERRCS design before installation2. This involves evaluating the system based on standards set by the NFPA2.
  3. Equipment and Procedure Oversight: The AHJ has the final say on whether your building requires an ERRCS and what equipment, installation, and test procedures you need to follow1. Some AHJs have well-defined, written procedures for ERRCS that cover approved equipment, installation guidelines, and test procedures1.
  4. Certificate of Occupancy: Many local jurisdictions require an ERRCS for a new building to receive its Certificate of Occupancy (CO)1.

Knowing how to work with the AHJ is one key to a successful Emergency Responder Radio Communication System ERRCS.