Testing of FDNY Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems

High-rise buildings in New York City face great risks and multiple avenues for the spread of smoke and fire. Fighting a fire in a high-rise structure is approached differently than other types of facilities and could have repercussions that could spread for several blocks. In 2014, the City of New York instituted Sections 403.4.4 and 907.2.13.2 of the NYC Building Code. This code required all new commercial buildings (taller than 75 feet) and residential buildings (taller than 100 feet) being constructed to have an Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems (ARCS) installed for First Responder use only.

An ARCS provides a dedicated communication medium for the First Responders while responding to the emergency in that particular building. The First Responders, including the FDNY, NYPD, EMTs, FBI, CIA, Port Authority PD, and the Federal Secret Service are able to communicate via a frequency spectrum that is exclusive to their equipment.

Regular, monthly testing of an ARCS ensures that the communication systems work exactly as they are designed. Hopefully you would never need to use these systems in a true emergency, however, it is very important to maintain their integrity and fulfill the FDNY testing requirements in order to avoid any violations.

FDNY In-Building Radio System Testing Regulations

According to the City of New York, simply knowing that an ARCS functions is not sufficient. A successful FDNY radio system test also ensures adequate signal strength in all areas of the building that might be accessed by First Responders . Upon completion of the installation and commissioning of an ARCS, the Fire Department of New York requires routing inspections and testing to ensure the systems’ integrity.

This testing requires a licensed company and certified individual to oversee the process. This professional must hold a Certificate of Fitness issued by the Fire Department of New York. This person oversees the testing process and holds the prerequisite skills pertaining to New York City’s Fire Code, Building Code and the standards that are applicable to each ARCS test.

What To Expect During ARCS Testing

Property managers at high-rise buildings often have daily testing measures in place. For instance, security personnel might need to make a test call on the radio at the start of each shift or in the morning to ensure the system is up and running. However, when it comes to fulfilling the expectations of the FDNY, licensed contractors are required to maintain specific certifications.

This certification ensures property managers and building owners that the firm conducting these tests follows the same standards used by the Fire Department of New York. While performing these tests, we will identify any issues with the ARCS equipment and assist in-house personnel rectify any problems they may have been experiencing.

Allstate Sprinkler – the Best ARCS Testing Company

There are many reasons to choose Allstate Sprinkler for your ARCS testing needs, including:

  • Workforce: We have the workforce to perform any sized project. No matter how large your building is, our 150 full-time employees will ensure that we test for radio coverage in every square foot of the building and resolve issues within any weaker zones.
  • Experience: We bring 50 years of fire-safety-industry experience to the table that you can count on. We will find and resolve the answers to any and all of your questions.
  • Certification: We are licensed and certified by the Fire Department of New York. Our personnel know and understand the Fire Code and Fire Department rule standards that apply to Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems. (ARCS)
  • Reliability: We are available for all emergencies, 24 hours per day and seven days per week. Our customers never have to worry about reaching out to us only to hear that we are unavailable. We are available 24/7/365 !
  • Availability: Did you accidentally unplug something two hours before the FDNY’s scheduled test and inspection and now the system won’t work? We’ll do our best to make it there before they do and resolve the issue.

Schedule an ARCS Test Today – Comply With FDNY Requirements

When contacting us to schedule a test, please provide us with as much information about the building as possible. Ideally, we would like to know how many floors the building has, if you have experienced any issues with the system, and if the FDNY has issued any violations to date. Please use the form below to submit your information.