Communications Standards: The Who, What and Why

The fire service is no stranger to standards, and many of the more commonly known entities such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) have standards that also apply directly to emergency...


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Perhaps the most compelling reason why those in the fire service should be aware of communications standards is that communications play such a valuable role not only in daily operations, but most importantly, in firefighter safety. Improperly designed, installed, maintained and operated radio, data, telephone and signaling systems endanger firefighters and the public alike. Knowledge gained about any and all aspects of this subject helps to significantly reduce this threat.