Fire-Fighter Emergency Phones

Q: Are firefighter emergency call phones still required in new construction? We have an existing hospital and management is wanting to add a whole new patient tower and the construction company is trying to say they are no longer required. I know the old system was the red phones and the new system is the plug in phones. Can you shed any light on this?

A: Generally speaking, two-way communications are only required in high rises according to section of the 2012 Life Safety Code. However, section allows for a fire department radio system installation in lieu of the fire-phones.  Most AHJs utilize these radios so the method of two way communications in a high rise hospital must be coordinated with the fire department.  Most will require the installation of a compatible radio system and will not require the fire-phones.