From our inception before the FCC in February 2012, the Safer Buildings Coalition has been at the forefront advancing the idea that wireless technology makes people inside large buildings safer.
When the public can use their mobile phones to call for help, be notified when there is an emergency, and know that emergency personnel can communicate inside the building where the emergency is taking place, we will have fulfilled our mission.
The Safer Buildings Coalition is an independent, non-profit organization focused on advancing policies, ideas and technologies that ensure comprehensive in-building communications capabilities for Public Safety and the people they serve.
The Safer Buildings Coalition leads in:
Fire Code development - We are working with stakeholders to propose changes to model fire codes produced by the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) related to Public Safety communication within buildings. Code development is a continuous process in both model codes/standards organizations (the ICC and NFPA). SBC will continue to be at the table to review and submit code change proposals in both arenas to ensure continuous improvement and technical relevance for all stakeholders involved with in- building emergency communications solutions.
Drafting model ordinances for expeditious adoption and compliance - The adoption of new codes is a lengthy process, but the Public Safety communication problem exists today and is growing. While the code cycle runs its course, Safer Buildings is working with its members to develop model ordinances that Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) may put in place now to be consistent with proposed new codes, and to help our Public Safety communications now.
Training and Education on Public Safety Communications - In-building Public Safety wireless communication is a critical challenge today. Safer Buildings helps its Wireless Industry members stay on the leading edge by offering the "Public Safety In-Building Communications" course. This course is currently available by invitation only. Please click here to request an invitation.