ERRCS Permit Submittals are requirements submitted to contractors and home owners that provide sufficient information for different permit types. This will be used reference for the contractor to install the errcs or when modifying the existing system.

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What is Emergency Response Radio Coverage System (ERRCS)?

ERRC is specifically required for the protection of responders during an emergency. The local building official and/or design professional cannot waive this requirement for any reason. The local fire official can waive the ERRC if it is not needed.  

The threshold requirements, design, testing and monitoring of the ERRC must be in accordance with the 2016 NFPA 72. The ERRC must be monitored by the fire alarm system to ensure that the communication enhancement system is functioning properly.

When a first responder is in the building answering a call for help, it is most important that they have radio contact at all times. However, due to the design and materials used in construction, often the signal is unable to penetrate the building and the signal is lost or is very weak therefore a need of a signal booster that helps pass through the barrier. Most weak areas can be in stairwells, elevators and basements and generally in buildings with a lot of concrete or very thick concrete walls.

ERRCS Documents

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Fire Alarm System

The Fire Alarm system is device designed for emergency alerts. In in non-domestic premises are generally designed and installed in accordance with the guidance given. It has a number of devices working together to detect and warn people through visual and audio appliances when smoke, fire or other emergencies are present. These alarms may be activated automatically from smoke detectors, and heat detectors or may also be activated via manual fire alarm activation devices such as manual call points or pull stations. Alarms can be either motorized bells or wall mountable sounders or horns.

Fire alarm systems can vary in both price and complexity, from a single panel with a detector and sounder in a small commercial property to an addressable fire alarm system in a multi-occupancy building.

Radio Coverage

Radio coverage may vary on the location. Having adequate indoor radio coverage “today”, does not necessarily ensure that you will have adequate coverage “tomorrow”. Lexico will help you identify where your radio coverage needs improvement. The coverage may particularly disturbed by the growing trees, new construction and other changes in the local area affecting in and around your building.  Ensuring a building has adequate indoor radio coverage for Emergency Responders is not an easy objective and will face the same issues Cellular providers have in ensuring reliable coverage inside buildings. 

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Engineering Guidelines

The engineering guidelines are standard documents with specifications and technical details provided to engineers and developers to follow in their design to make sure they meet the requirements, performance and processes. This guidelines have been established to address the most common projects used in conjunction with the requirements set forth by applicable codes, laws and ordinances of this jurisdiction, recognized industry standards, good engineering practice and specific program needs.

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