What is a Public Safety Communication System?

At RFE Communications, we’re passionate about ensuring everyone inside a building can stay safe and connected, especially during emergencies. A Public Safety Communication System, also known as an ERRCS (Emergency Responder Radio Communication System), is all about making sure that when the chips are down, and emergency responders rush in to help, their 2-way radios work flawlessly, allowing them to maintain communication without a hitch.

Imagine if firefighters, police, or paramedics couldn’t talk to each other inside a building because the walls were too thick or the building was too sprawling for their radio signals to get through. This could slow them down in critical situations when every second counts. That’s where a Public Safety Communication System comes in.

How Does a Public Safety Communication System Boost Signals for First Responders’ 2-Way Radios?

Our public safety communication installation services are designed to outfit buildings with state-of-the-art Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems (ERRCS) that utilize specific technologies to significantly enhance communications for first responders. Understanding the crucial role that seamless communication plays during emergencies, here’s how we leverage advanced technologies in our ERRCS to support those on the front lines:

Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDAs)

These powerful devices are the heart of an ERRCS, amplifying weak radio signals to ensure strong and clear two-way communication throughout a building. This means that no matter where first responders are — be it in the basement, a thick-walled safe room, or a distant corner of a complex — they can rely on their radios to send and receive messages without interference.

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

A distributed antenna system (DAS) extends the reach of communication signals within large or complex structures. By distributing antennas throughout a building, we ensure uniform radio coverage. This network of antennas acts like a series of relay points, so the signal strength is robust and consistent everywhere. This is crucial in high-rise buildings or facilities with underground levels where signals are typically lost.

Digital Repeaters

Digital repeaters pick up, amplify, and rebroadcast signals on the public safety frequencies used by first responders. Unlike analog systems, digital repeaters can enhance the clarity of communication, reducing background noise and improving the intelligibility of voice transmissions. This clarity is vital in high-stress situations where every word counts.

Signal Boosters

Signal boosters work alongside BDAs to strengthen weak radio signals, ensuring they penetrate through dense materials and reach all areas of a building. They are particularly effective in environments that are traditionally challenging for radio frequencies, such as thick concrete walls or metal structures.

Advanced Software and Monitoring Tools

Our ERRCSs can include sophisticated software and monitoring tools that allow building owners and local authorities to keep tabs on system performance in real time. This technology ensures that any potential issues are identified and addressed promptly, minimizing downtime and ensuring the system is always ready when needed.

Integration Capabilities

Our systems are designed to be flexible, allowing for integration with existing public safety networks and future upgrades. This means as technology advances or as the needs of emergency services evolve, your ERRCS can adapt and continue to provide optimal support for first responders.

By incorporating these technologies into our public safety communication installation services, RFE Communications ensures that buildings are equipped with a robust, reliable ERRCS. Our goal is to create environments where first responders have the communication tools they need to respond effectively to emergencies, ultimately saving lives and property.

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Code-Compliant Public Safety Communications Solutions

Many newer properties have state or federal building codes that require them to have a public safety communications system installed. These are often required due to Fire Marshals enforcing the IFC (International Fire Code). Besides ensuring current and potentially future compliance with building codes, getting your ERRCS BDA/DAS solutions installed by RFE Communications will help you guarantee the safety of your employees and inventory in case of emergencies such as fires.

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Advantages of an ERRCS Professional Installation Through RFE Communications

  • RFE will survey your location before system construction to ensure maximum coverage
  • A focus on engineering, design, testing, and turnkey services makes RFE Communications a true specialist in wireless communication
  • State and Federal building code compliance
  • Ensure business safety by maintaining communications with emergency first responders in case of emergency
  • Professional installation and ERRCS testing guarantee an effective system of the highest quality
  • RFE Communications offers full installation and setup of your public safety communications DAS system. Ensure your business complies with state and federal building codes with a professional installation from our experienced team.
  • If you own or manage a commercial property and want to ensure you are compliant with the public safety communications code.

Certifications and Licensing

Our professional engineering team is certified with a wide range of manufacturers and has both an FCC license and a GROL (General Radiotelephone Operator License), ensuring your installation will comply with all FCC standards for coverage requirements.

Building permit certification ensured with ERRCS installations By: RFE Communications
Preventative maintenance being done by RFE Communications expert technician

ERRCS Preventative Maintenance

As well as professional installation our talented engineers provide annual system checks and continuous remote monitoring to ensure changes in the environment such as new tower installations and other changes in wireless congestion can cause a system that initially is entirely code compliant losing coverage and risking losing your location’s CO (Certificate of Occupancy).

Contact Us for Public Safety Communications Installation Services Nationwide

At RFE Communications, we are dedicated to enhancing public safety through superior communications systems. Our team of experts specializes in designing and installing state-of-the-art Public Safety Communications systems to ensure first responders have the reliable and clear communication channels they need in critical situations. Serving clients nationwide, we are committed to customizing solutions that meet the unique needs of each building and its occupants. If you’re looking to upgrade your building’s safety with a cutting-edge communication system, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact RFE Communications today to learn how we can enhance the safety and efficiency of your emergency response capabilities across the country. Let us help you make a difference in public safety.

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Our Other Communication Solutions

In addition to our public safety communications installation services, RFE Communications offers a variety of solutions to meet your communication needs:


We’ve answered some of the most common questions about Public Safety Communications solutions here, but if you don’t see your question, just ask and we’ll be in touch.

What is a Public Safety Communications System/ERRCS?

A Public Safety Communications System or Emergency Responder Radio Communication System (ERRCS) is a wireless communications system used by emergency services and first responders to communicate effectively in case of an emergency. These are typically installed on all newer businesses and large properties based on regulations and typically under the supervision of a county fire marshal.

Am I required to have a Public Safety Communications System?

A Public Safety Communications System, or ERRCS, is required in almost all new commercial properties and many other locations due to codes that are becoming standardized more and more by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ICC, such as the National Fire Code, International Fire Code, and International Building Code. To find out what codes your business will be required to comply with before construction, contact your county fire marshal.

How does having a Public Safety Communications System help me?

Having a public safety communications system ensures that you will receive your building permit and that your business will comply with all building codes and regulations. It also assures you about the safety of your employees by facilitating communications between first responders in case of emergency.

What is typically included in a Public Safety Communications System

Depending on the size of the property, floors, stairwells, basements, and other factors your property may need anything from bi-directional repeaters, sources, and a series of antennas both inside and outside the property strategically located to maximize coverage.

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