Is Your Building in Compliance With the NYC Building Code?
American Security’s ARCS Installation Will Help Ensure It is.
In the event a catastrophe strikes, ensure that your building is code-compliant. An Auxiliary Radio Communication System (ARCS) Instillation from American Security will help you do just that!
What is an Auxiliary Radio Communication System (“ARCS”)?
An ARCS is a code-driven, life-safety system consisting of a network of distributed antennae that enable first responders to communicate reliably from any location within a building.
As a key component to in-building life safety operations, ARCS is designed for durability and survivability to provide continued operational use under extreme conditions.
ARCS systems, in conjunction with fire alarm systems, protect New York’s bravest while they risk everything to protect us.
Do I need an ARCS in my building?
NYC Building Code requires an ARCS to be installed, tested, and maintained in all new and many recently renovated high-rise (75 feet or taller) buildings. Additional regulatory requirements for ARCS and Bi-Directional Amplifier (“BDA”) systems (outside NYC) include the International Fire Code (IFC – Section 510),NFPA 1221 (2016 Edition), NFPA 72 (2013, 2010 Edition), and IBC Section 916 (2015 Edition), IBC Section 915 (2012 Edition).
What are the ongoing requirements for maintaining ARCS?
Fire Department rules set forth standards and requirements for daily inspection, annual certification, and five-year recertification of ARCS systems. FDNY requires that the testing of ARCS be supervised by a professional possessing both FDNY and United States Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) licenses.
American Security is licensed and certified to provide turnkey ARCS and BDA system solutions to keep your building code-compliant, including:
- System Design
- Filing, certification, and permitting
- Testing, Commissioning, and FDNY Inspection
- Ongoing monitoring and maintenance, including annual and five-year certifications
Keeping up to date with changing codes and rules can be tricky. Consolidating services with the right vendor helps ensure required inspection, maintenance, and testing requirements are met. It prevents you from fines that could result if you get caught off-guard with an unannounced fire department inspection.
American Security’s professionals will train your staff on how to effectively use their systems, keeping them prepared if the unthinkable happens.
Protect your property, along with the people in it. For more information about getting an Auxiliary Radio Communication System Installation for your building, please give us a call at (718) 784-2880 or fill out the form below.