National Fire Protection Association
1. NFPA 72-2013
In the 2013 edition, a new administrative chapter, “Documentation,” has been introduced to further improve the usability of the document. The chapter provides a central location for all the documentation requirements of the code. In some cases, the documentation provisions are contained directly in the new chapter. In other cases, references are provided to the locations of documentation requirements contained in other chapters. As an example, the new chapter contains the minimum documentation requirements that apply to any system covered by the code, while additional document requirements that might apply from other parts of the code or from other governing laws, codes, or standards are listed with an appropriate reference. The “Record of Completion” and “Record of Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance” forms are included at the end of the chapter and have been completely revised so they are easier to use – with a basic form for straightforward systems and supplemental forms for more complex systems.
2. NFPA 1221-2016
Substantiation. During the transition of two-way radio enhancement systems from NFPA 72 to NFPA 1221, the text regarding pathway survivability does not apply as the same prior fashion. Therefore, the Technical Committee for 1221 presented clarifying language for the next proposed edition. The technical committee voted in favor of including this change in the 1st draft, and public input was sought. The technical committee believes that this language needs immediate attention until the next edition is issued to assist AHJs and contractors in understanding the pathway survivability as it pertains to two-way radio enhancement systems.
3. NFPA 1221-2019
NFPA 1221 Standard For The Installation, Maintenance, And Use Of Emergency Services Communications Systems , 2019 Edition
This standard shall cover the installation, performance, operation, and maintenance of public emergency services communications systems and facilities. This standard shall not be used as a design specification manual or an instruction manual. The purpose of this standard shall be as follows: (1) To specify operations, facilities, and communications systems that receive events from the public (2) To provide requirements for the retransmission of such events to the appropriate emergency response agencies (3) To provide requirements for dispatching of appropriate emergency response personnel (4) To establish the required levels of performance and quality of installations of emergency services communications systems. Public fire alarm systems and fire alarm systems on private premises from which signals are received directly or indirectly by the communications center shall be in accordance with NFPA 72. Emergency reporting systems that are not covered by this standard shall be in accordance with NFPA 72.
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