More and more counties in Wisconsin and Illinois are implementing fire code NFPA 72, IFC 510, IBC 915 regulations for commercial structures. Schools, businesses, and municipal buildings need to have radio coverage for public safety personnel in case of an emergency.
In-building amplifiers for public safety wireless communication are becoming more common in the fire codes around the state. The codes are enforced by the local fire districts. What makes things more complicated is there can be neighboring cities where the fire district may or may not enforce this portion of the fire code even though they are in the same county.
Below are some of the counties that have cities that have adopted the requirement for an in-building signal booster specifically for public safety.
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Counties and Cities with BDA Requirements
Kenosha County (City of Kenosha)
Dane County (City of Madison)
Typical Bi-Directional Enhancement System (DAS)