Tech Desk 6: What is FDNY’s ARC?

What is FDNY’s ARC?

ARC is an acronym for in-building Auxiliary Radio Communications system. ARC was developed by the New York City Fire Department and is a wireless two-way radio in-building communications system for FDNY use only. The City of New York’s Building Department supported this standard and as of December 31st, 2014, all new construction of high-rise buildings in NYC required ARC systems.  NYC considers a high-rise to be a building structure that is seventy-five (75) feet or more in height.

ARC systems consist of dedicated radio dispatch console in a building’s lobby, base station transceiver, coaxial cable distribution, and antennas.  ARC systems are always off and are enabled by a fire command officer upon arriving at an incident.

Prior to December 31st, 2014, the enhanced, in-building FDNY radio systems were always on and repeater or BDA / booster systems through a network of coaxial cables and antennas.

ARC systems operate between 483 and 487 MHz must be designed to provide FDNY simplex channels 1 through 10, and duplex channel 11 (high-rise in-building repeater) and channel 12 (Battalion Mobile Repeater) in addition to channel 16 (Emergency Notification Frequency).  ARC is for FDNY operations only.

Numerous standards have been set for the design, implementation, acceptance testing, monitoring and alarming, annual and five year certification of ARC systems.  ARC systems must be approved by FDNY personnel with a Certificate of Fitness in fire and building codes. Radio engineering and fire science companies may apply for FDNY Certificates of Fitness; however, core competencies must be demonstrated.

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COVID-19 Update & Our Commitment to You

To Our ESS Team, Customers, and Suppliers:

With the growing concern surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to take a few minutes to assure you that ESS is taking the necessary precautions to, first and foremost, protect the health of our employees and visitors, as well as best support our clients to minimize any business disruption.

We also ask that our employees, customers and supplier network monitor the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and follow the updates and recommendations around this highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the COVID-19 virus.

ESS is ensuring our teams adhere to our customers’ on-site requirements. We also want to ensure that, as an organization, you are also monitoring and adhering to the CDC advisories and recommendations so that we may continue to keep all of our teams safe during this outbreak.

As service providers we can do our best to ensure that we are performing due diligence to mitigate the spread of this virus.

There are areas to monitor during this time:

Recognizing Symptoms:

  • Coughing, sneezing
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing

Protecting Yourself and others:

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene:

  • Frequently clean hands by using soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with fever and cough
  • If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider

Travel Advisories from CDC:  

Warning Level 3 for Italy, South Korea, Iran, and China (not including Hong Kong) and a Warning Level 2 Travel Advisory for Japan.

Qualify that no one who has returned from a Warning Level 2 or 3 location or who has had close contact with anyone potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus is being dispatched.

NOTE: If anyone is exhibiting any symptoms, they should stay home until they have recovered. This is a protection for our clients and our co-workers.

For additional information related to this outbreak, please visit the CDC Website and/or the  WHO Website

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