In response to public comment, the Fire Department has revised Section 511-01 to clarify that the ARC system must be capable of operating on either the Fire Department simplex channels or duplex channels designated in the rule, and is not required to be capable of operating on both. The rule has also been revised to allow the cabling for ARC systems that carries or radiates the radio frequencies (RF) to be shared with other building communication systems, provided that the owner demonstrates that such sharing will not impair the operation of the ARC system. Additional revisions seek to clarify the terminology associated with preexisting in-building radio communication systems similar to ARC systems.
Finally, the rule has been revised to authorize owners of ARC systems, as well as impairment coordinators and persons who install or maintain ARC systems, to possess a citywide standard key.
A citywide standard key is the key that enables Fire Department personnel and other authorized persons to operate elevator firefighter service and other devices and locked boxes. The ARC system console will be accessed using a citywide standard key.
Terms used in the rule that are defined in the Fire Code or elsewhere in the Fire Department’s rules are indicated by italics.
Text to be deleted is indicated by [brackets]. Text to be added is underlined.
“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in Fire Department rules, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
Guidance with respect to the interpretation of the Fire Code and Fire Department rules may be obtained using the Public Inquiry Form on the Fire Department’s website.