Florida has recently updated the Florida Fire Prevention Code to contain language specifically about the need for new and existing building structures to maintain adequate radio signal strength for emergency responders. Contact Kurt Parnell, SET or James Bailey to learn more about these requirements and QuestCom’s ability to design BDA systems for your new building or to test your existing structure for adequate signal strength. The Florida Fire Prevention Code update is as follows:
FS 633.202 Florida Fire Prevention Code
(18) The authority having jurisdiction shall determine the minimum radio signal strength for fire department communications in all new high-rise and existing high-rise buildings. Existing buildings are not required to comply with minimum radio strength for fire department communications and two-way radio system enhancement communications as required by the Florida Fire Prevention Code until January 1, 2022. However, by December 31, 2019, an existing building that is not in compliance with the requirements for minimum radio strength for fire department communications must apply for an appropriate permit for the required installation with the local government agency having jurisdiction and must demonstrate that the building will become compliant by January 1, 2022. Existing apartment buildings are not required to comply until January 1, 2025. However, existing apartment buildings are required to apply for the appropriate permit for the required communications installation by December 31, 2022.