Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems in Yuba County
What Is ERRCS?
ERRCS stands for Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems
The ERRCS is used within commercial and residential buildings to allow emergency responders to communicate with each other via two-way radio in areas that they may not have been able to in the past.
As an amplification system, ERRCS amplifies the radio signals between first responders’ radios during an emergency.
The Importance of ERRCS in Sacramento County
When it breaks – it’s cheaper to get a new one. This is true for so many things these days from kitchen gadgets to printers and cell phones. With products becoming cheaper and cheaper to manufacture, the quality standard seems to be based on the time it takes something to fail. That being said…..wouldn’t you think the quality objective of something that is not supposed to fail…..say something your life depended on……should be very high.
Quality and survivability are extremely important to the First Responder. When your life depends on it, there is no place for cutting corners or using unreliable parts or equipment. That’s why Public Safety Radio systems are designed to be 99.9999% reliable (approximately 52 minutes of outage per year). The Radio is one of the most important tools used by First Responders and is crucial for support and coordinating on-site efforts. A delay in communications can have serious impacts to the outcome of an emergency situation. The following link provides an excellent overview of fire communications and how indoor coverage fits into the picture. http://iafc.org/files/commComm_GuideRadioCommForFireServ.pdf
The Building Owner is now responsible for Public Safety Radio coverage inside buildings. Although it may seem financially tempting to skimp on quality when first hit with a new requirement – it never pays in the long run. As a preventive measure, the FCC has just issued new rules for commercial, industrial and Part 90 users of Booster Systems that go into effect March 2014. These rules are accompanied with stiff fines starting at $100K. and a requirement to register equipment. http://wireless.fcc.gov/signal-boosters/index.html . High Quality Systems, Monitoring and Testing are the Best Practices to ensure compliance with CA Fire Code Section 510 and NFPA 72 requirements as well as keep the FCC off your back. https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/bsc.ca.gov/gov.ca.bsc.2013.09.pdf
RFSignalman – An Introduction
California’s Leading 3rd Party Test Service for EMERGENCY RESPONDER RADIO COVERAGE SYSTEMS (ERRCS)
RFSignalman is an independent 3rd party test service that specializes in documenting indoor radio coverage for Emergency Responder Radio Systems. CA Fire Code – Section 510 as well as NFPA and IFC guidlines require all buildings to have adequate radio coverage for the First Responders. Our automated test program provides accurate and repeatable data and test reports structured to demonstrate compliance with the Fire Code.
Our mission is to assist Property Owners with indoor coverage requirements and to ensure that their investment in Public Safety is utilized in protecting their building and occupants. Our mission to Public Safety is to provide accurate data that will be utilized to improve Public Safety Communications.
RFSignalman was established in 9/11 and is a division of niemann technology, inc. (NTI). NTI provides Consulting, Engineering and Management Services to Public Safety, Government and Utility clients and is focused on the development of Radio, Microwave and Fiber Optic solutions to support mission critical operations. NTI was incorporated in 1999 and has a proven track record of providing competent expertise in the planning and implementation of next generation communications networks. NTI is a corporate member of APCO and has been awarded the “Best of Elk Grove in Consulting Engineers” since 2011.
The primary goal of RFSignalman is to improve safety in our local community and to minimize the cost of regulatory compliance. 3rd Party Testing provides Consumer Protection and the Quality Assurance necessary for critical life safety systems. We utilize an automated test and reporting platform that makes indoor coverage testing quick, reliable and inexpensive. The data collected during the tests are also consolidated into geo-coded tables that allow emergency responders to improve response times and the ability to protect life and property.
RFSignalman tests between 400-500 buildings per year in California and has been active in training fire prevention staff and establishing standards followed by many jurisdictions for design/plan review and acceptance.
Types of ERRCS Commercial Projects We Service in Sacramento
- Communication Systems
- Products/Services Relating to Communication Systems
- Fire Code Compliance
- Manage building data
- Upload Floor Plans
- Request test services
- Make payments
- Engineering Services
- Analysis of Test Results
- System Design and Specifications
- Account Set-Up for Client/Staff
Types of Commercial Buildings We Service for ERRCS in Sacramento
- School / College / University
- Fire / Police Station
- Gas Station
- Hospital / Nursing Home
- Hotel / Motel
- Industrial Maintenance
- Manufacturing Plant
- Apartments & Condominiums
- City / Town Hall
- Office Building
- Terminal – Airport / Bus / Railroad
- Church / Synagogue
- Retail Store
- Sewage / Water Treatment Plant
- Jail / Prison
- Arena / Stadium
- Parking Garage
- Club House / Community Center
- Mixed Use
- Storage Facility / Warehouse
- Grocery Stores
- Assisted Living
- Design Build
Auto Dealership / Service
- Parking Lots
- Non-Residential Building
- Animal Hospital / Kennel
- Court House
- Fitness Center
- Medical Office
- Post Office
- Radio / Television Station
- Residential Building
We proudly offer Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems in these Yuba County zip codes:
95692, 95901, 95903, 95903, 95918, 95919, 95922, 95925, 95935, 95961, 95961, 95961, 95962, 95972, 95977, 95981, 95981
ERRCS Documents Necessary for Maintenance in Sacramento County
If you’ve recently had to install a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to comply with new CA Fire Code 510, you may be asking what documentation do I need to or should I keep on file……..
Here is a helpful list you should consider to include in your Record Book for regulatory and maintenance needs.
- Post and keep a copy of the Authorization to operate on the Public Safety frequencies granted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
- A copy Test Results (annual) demonstrating compliance to the local indoor coverage requirements.
- A Station Log identifying dates and pertinent details of any maintenance performed along with the name and address of the technician who did the work.
Recommended Additional Items:
- Benchmark Test Data – (made prior to installing your indoor coverage system).
- Pictures of the skyline from your rooftop. (note: shadowing can be caused by new construction.)
- System Diagrams showing equipment locations and connections.
- Floor plans identifying the equipment and antenna locations and the cable routing for the DAS.
- Detailed equipment and material list including Manufacturer Specifications and Warranty Data – (provided by supplier).
- Equipment Operations and Maintenance Manuals.
Keeping good records will make it much easier to stay in compliance and is extremely helpful for long term maintenance.
Northern CA –Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Sutter, Yolo, Stanislaus, Solono, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Monterey Counties.
Southern CA – Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino
Contact – Northern CA:
(916) 213-1776 (p)
(916) 686-1603 (f)