NFPA 1221: Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications

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2013 NFPA 1221

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It's vital that emergency communications work the first time, every time. Maximize system integrity and performance with the 2013 NFPA 1221.

Reliable emergency communications are an integral part of effective emergency responsiveness by the fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and other responders. With continually changing technology affecting both service delivery and the safety of emergency response personnel, working with the most up-to-date edition of NFPA 1221 is a must. This important Standard provides procedural and physical criteria for the installation, performance, operation, and maintenance of public emergency service communications systems and facilities.

Key changes in the 2013 NFPA 1221: Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Service Communications Systems include:

  • New section 1.4.2 -- Retroactivity. In those cases where it is determined that the existing situation involves a distinct hazard to life or property, the authority having jurisdiction shall be permitted to require retroactive application of any provisions of this document.
  • Revisions to alarm processing times in Section 7.4.2 and The percentage of emergency alarm processing completed within 60 seconds will go from 90% to 80%. Six categories of calls that require additional time to process were also added.
  • Major re-write on Chapters 4: Communications Center, including provisions concerning the development of a Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TICP) and Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
  • Chapter 6: Emergency Response Facilities now states that fire protection shall be provided as required by NFPA 5000®: Building Construction and Safety Code® or the locally adopted fire code, whichever is more restrictive.

Don't compromise protection of the public or responders. Put the field's best emergency communications requirements to work for you.

Fire and law enforcement departments; emergency communication centers; and local and state jurisdictions all need the 2013 NFPA 1221 to facilitate reliable emergency communications. (Softbound, 57 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1221 Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Communications Centers
4.1 General
4.2 Exposure Hazards
4.3 Construction
4.4 Climate Control
4.5 Fire Protection
4.6 Security
4.7 Power
4.8 Lighting
4.9 Lightning
4.10 Remote Communications Facilities
Chapter 5 Communication and Signal Wiring
5.1 Circuit Construction and Arrangement
5.2 Circuit Conductors
5.3 Underground Cables
5.4 Aerial Cable and Wire Construction
5.5 Wiring Inside Buildings
5.6 Circuit Protection
5.7 Fuses
5.8 Grounding
5.9 Access
Chapter 6 Emergency Response Facilities
6.1 General
6.2 Commercial Telephone
6.3 Fire Protection
6.4 Power
6.5 Lighting
6.6 Communications Conductors
Chapter 7 Operations
7.1 Management
7.2 Telecommunicator Qualifications and Training
7.3 Staffing
7.4 Operating Procedures
7.5 Time
7.6 Recording
7.7 Quality Assurance/Improvement
Chapter 8 Telephones
8.1 Telephone Receiving Equipment
8.2 Directory Listing
8.3 Equipment and Operations
8.4 Universal Emergency Number 9-1-1 Service
8.5 Published Emergency Number Alternative Routing
Chapter 9 Dispatching Systems
9.1 Fundamental Requirements of Alarm Dispatching Systems
9.2 Wired Dispatching Systems
9.3 Radio Dispatching Systems
9.4 Radio Alerting Systems
9.5 Outside Audible Alerting Devices
Chapter 10 Computer-Aided Dispatching (CAD) Systems
10.1 General
10.2 Secondary Dispatch Method
10.3 Security
10.4 Alarm Data Exchange
10.5 CAD Capabilities
10.6 Performance
10.7 Backup
10.8 Redundancy
10.9 Storage Network
10.10 Information Transmittal
10.11 Mobile Data Computers (MDCs)
Chapter 11 Testing
11.1 General
11.2 Acceptance Testing
11.3 Operational Testing
11.4 Power
Chapter 12 Records
12.1 General
12.2 Installation
12.3 Acceptance Test Records/As-Built Drawings
12.4 Training Records
12.5 Operational Records
12.6 Maintenance Records
12.7 Retention of Records
Chapter 13 Data Security
13.1 Data Security Plan
13.2 Testing Security
13.3 Testing Records
Chapter 14 Public Alerting Systems
14.1 General
14.2 Security
14.3 Permitted Uses
14.4 Permitted Systems
14.5 Public Alerting System Alerting Appliances (PASAAs)
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Frequency-Sharing Memorandum of Understanding
Annex C Planning Guidelines for Universal Emergency Number (9-1-1) Service
Annex D Computer-Aided Dispatching (CAD) Systems
Annex E Informational References