Rath 2-Way Emergency Communication Training at DPSI
Josh Clark from Rath Security was at DPSI’s Anaheim and Fremont offices recently to provide training on their 2-Way Communication for Areas of Refuge for the DPSI team. Did you know that the IBC (International Building Code) requires a two-way communication system for all areas of refuge in New Construction, Change of Building Use, or Significant Remodels, regardless if there is a sprinkler system or not?
What is it? The Area of Refuge communication system provides a hands-free, two-way communication with an audible and visible signal to indicate communication has occurred and also indicate to the receiver the location sending the signal. These systems are placed in Areas of Refuge, typically in stairwells and elevator landings.
How does it work? When the emergency button is pushed on the call box, the call goes to a central Rath Base Station. If the call is not answered, it is then transferred to a 24-hour location staffed by emergency personnel. When the call is received, the individual(s) at the area of refuge will hear audible dialing and a location message (which plays when the call is answered), along with a visual indicator. On the location message has commenced, two-way communication will occur. The calling party in the Area of Refuge cannot stop the call once the button has been pressed; only the called party can terminate the communication.
DPSI now carries Rath equipment and currently has Rath equipment in multiple construction projects in California.
The Rath 2-Way Communication System complies with the 2010 NFPA Code 72 (National Fire Protection Association), the 2010 CBC Code (California Building Code – Chapters 10, 11A & 11B), the 2010 CEC Code (California Electrical Code), the 2010 California Energy Code, the 2010 San Francisco Housing Code, the IBC Code (International Building Code), and the ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibilities Guidelines).
Let DPSI get your new project or existing facility code compliant! For more information regarding 2-Way Communication systems and code compliancy, contact DPSI at 1-800-330-3774 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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