2016 NFPA 1221 Standard - Current Edition

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  • Description

    Bring emergency services communications systems to a new level of effectiveness and reliability with the new NFPA 1221.

    Reliable emergency communications are critical to effective emergency response by the fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and other entities. NFPA 1221: Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems addresses service delivery -- from receiving calls to dispatching emergency units to the correct location in the appropriate time period.

    Reflecting industry changes and new technologies, the 2016 edition of NFPA 1221 is essential to public welfare in every community.

    NFPA 1221 provides procedural and physical criteria for the installation, performance, operation, and maintenance of public emergency services communications systems and facilities. The 2016 edition reflects changes to call processing times and the addition of language on two way radio communications enhancement systems and pathway survivability.

    Revisions impact fire and emergency services management and personnel:

    • New requirement that two telecommunicators be on duty and present in the communications center at all times eliminates the possibility of any gaps in coverage should one telecommunicator become unavailable.
    • Enhanced telecommunicator support during critical incidents such as a MayDay. When requested by the incident commander, a telecommunicator shall be dedicated to the incident and relieved of other duties within the communications center.
    • New section on Two Way Radio Communications Enhancement Systems helps ensure quality radio communications during an emergency -- even in buildings where radio transmission is compromised.
    • Revised call processing time requirements reflect real-world capabilities and set a new minimum standard for the field.
    • A significant amount of added material from the 2016 NFPA 72®: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code includes important language concerning pathway survivability.

    Put the new emergency communications standard to work now.

    Fire and law enforcement departments, emergency communications centers, and local and state jurisdictions all need the 2016 NFPA 1221 to facilitate reliable and survivable emergency services communications systems. (Softbound, 67 pp., 2016)


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  • Table of Contents (2016 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1221 Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems, 2016 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.
    5.10 Pathway Survivability.
    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.
    8.6 Multiple Line Telephone Systems (MLTS).
    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.
    9.6 Two-Way Radio Communications Enhancement Systems.
    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).
    10.12 Integrated Mapping Interface.
    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 Cybersecurity
    Annex F Informational References
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