PLANTATION, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At a presentation today to the Fire Prevention Subcommittee of the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County, Howard Melamed CEO of CellAntenna Corporation, emphasized the need for adequate radio signal coverage in buildings as many First Responder organizations shift to the new digital P25 communication from existing analog systems. Passing ordinances at the city and county levels to have building owners guarantee an adequate indoor public radio signal level is essential. Proper radio communication inside buildings in emergency situations saves lives.
Public Safety radio signals indoors are problematic throughout the country. Often First Responders enter buildings in emergency situations and cannot use their radios due to signals being blocked by the building structure or due to the location far from the radio transmission towers. In many areas of the country, there are no requirements for building owners to insure public safety radio coverage inside their buildings. Passing ordinances by local and state governments who have jurisdiction in these matters would insure that First Responders have radio communication at all times, keeping both the public and themselves safe.
The National Fire Protection Association, an organization that deals with Fire Safety, already specifies the level in NFPA 72 2013 the latest standards proposed.
“Adequate public safety signal levels in buildings, saves lives,“ stated Howard Melamed,“ It is urgent that our local and state governments enact ordinances to accept the current NFPA 72 2013 recommendations and pass minimum indoor signal levels for public safety radio signals.“
The Fire Prevention sub-committee of the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County are Fire Marshals of the Broward municipalities that oversee respective Fire Inspectors and Fire Plan reviewers in Broward County. They report important information gleaned from meetings directly to the Fire Chiefs association.
Howard Melamed, CEO of CellAntenna Corporation, is a renowned expert in radio communication technology and has been speaking on the NFPA 72 2013 standards and how they can be implemented to local Public Safety organizations urging municipalities and counties nationwide to implement the newest requirements.
About CellAntenna Corporation
CellAntenna Corporation is an integrator of cellular and public safety communication. They engineer and install Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) offering solutions that guarantee signal coverage indoors. For nearly fifteen years, CellAntenna and its affiliate CA Wireless LLC. CellAntenna’s broad portfolio of expertise also includes solutions for cellular detection, jamming and passive handset control. Headquartered in Coral Springs, FL, CellAntenna, a Woman Owned Small Business and private company, also has offices in Europe.