The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns that it takes just 30 sec. for a small flame to become a significant fire. From there, it takes just a few minutes for black smoke to move throughout a building making communication challenging.
Installing an FDNY Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems (ARCS) enables communication across all First Responders to address an emergency with greater precision and will improve the chances of saving your business and protecting the lives of all occupants as well as all First Responders.
For several types of structures, installing an FDNY radio system is mandatory. According to the City of New York, all newly constructed high-rise buildings erected after December 31, 2014 require the installation of fire radio systems.
An ARCS installation must follow specific criteria ensuring that the system operates on the FDNY’s designated frequency spectrum and specific duplex channels.
If you manage a building that is several stories tall, you might wonder what the building code classifies as a high-rise? According to the NYC building codes sections 403.4.4 and 907.2.13.2, any commercial building with a floor that is 75 feet above the lowest possible level of access for the Fire Department’s vehicles falls into this category. The threshold is at over 100 feet for residential buildings.
As your FDNY ARCS installation expert, our team works with you to ensure that you understand what the requirements are for installation. The first step is to engineer and then file for the FDNY ARCS. For newly constructed buildings that do require an FDNY radio system, the filing process will need to begin long before construction starts. The first filing process can take as long as six weeks but can be completed within four. Here are some timeline events:
We offer a complete fire protection solution for commercial and residential buildings.
Our goal is to assist you with this entire ARCS process as well as any other proactive life safety measures. Here are a few of the reasons why Allstate Sprinkler is THE most trusted fire protection contractor in New York City:
In order to ensure that you receive the best possible service, all our employees hold OSHA 40 certificates; receive NICET Level 1-3 training; carry FDNY certifications and licenses.
To prepare for your first consultation, please gather all the documents related to the building plans for your new building or the blueprints of your existing facility. Other basic information to make a note of includes:
Then, give us a call at 718-524-3174 to request a free estimate. We have worked with clients who manage not only skyscrapers, but also schools, hospitals, malls, theaters, dormitories, nursing homes, warehouses, and many more. We look forward to HELPING you, too.
We work with you and your engineers to ensure everything is performed as planned so your building receives final approval. Our hands-on approach to the ARCS installation process is why so many of our clients have enjoyed working with us from the very start and now rely on our expertise for maintenance and inspections.
Section FC 511 of the New York City Fire Code outlines the ARCS requirements for property owners. In general, property owners must follow rules for ARCS design, installation, inspection and maintenance. ARCS requirements include:
To have your ARC System approved, an NYC Registered Design Professional must submit a full set of construction plans. Article 917 of the NYC Building Code provides a list of the required documentation which include:
Installing an ARCS is mandatory in new commercial constructions taller than 75 feet and new residential constructions taller than 125 feet. Installation requirements and procedures are provided in rule 3 RCNY §511-01, along with the requirements for acceptance testing, inspection, certification and recertification. For radio communication systems similar to an ARCS and installed before December 31, 2014, the rule provides operation and maintenance requirements as well, even when many of them are not specifically an ARC System.
An ARCS is both bidirectional and wireless and uses exclusive FDNY radio frequencies that prevent outside interference. ). Its layout includes a transceiver or base station that is connected to an antenna system that encompasses the entire building. There is also a radio console in the lobby that adds to ease of access.
Ultimately, a properly designed ARC System will allow seamless wireless communications for firefighters and other emergency personnel if there is a fire or other emergency in a building.
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