Expanding Your Business: Area of Rescue Solutions
Expanding Your Business: Area of Rescue Solutions

Expanding Your Business: Area of Rescue Solutions

Feb 04, 2020 | Post by Meghan Minnella

Do you want to know how to grow your footprint in the building and life safety space? Join Talkaphone and the PSA Security Network for a free webinar on Wednesday, February 12th. Click here to register.

Talkaphone designs reliable products that are compatible with a number of solutions providers. With over 85 years of experience, Talkaphone is the industry’s leading manufacturer of security solutions. We manufacture everything from emergency phones and two-way communication solutions to mass notification solutions and area of rescue systems.

Area of rescue solutions are a commonly overlooked space for growth in the industry. An area of rescue or (AOR) is an area, which has direct access to an exit, where people who are unable to evacuate may remain temporarily in safety to await further instructions or assistance during and emergency evacuation.

What does an Area of Rescue System Do?

An area of rescue must indicate the space with clear signage designating the area as an “Area of Rescue Assistance ” with directions for the use of the communication system. The ability to call for assistance and the location of the call station must be posted in the designated area as well. 

An AOR System provides two-way, hands-free communication between each required location and the fire command center or a central control point location approved by the fire department.  Our AOR solutions consist of a control point system for fire command center and a call station for area of rescue (refuge).

Code Compliance

The International Building Code (IBC) requires a two-way communication system in all new construction regardless if they have a sprinkler system or not. Also, significant remodels or change of use of a building may require Areas of Refuge. According to the IBC 1009.8, “Two-way communication systems shall be provided at the landing serving each elevator (or bank of elevators) on each accessible floor that is one or more stories above or below the exit level.” 

Although there are certain exceptions for area of rescue requirements, all buildings that are one or more stories above or below the level of exit require a two-way communication system. Talkaphones’s area of refuge command units meet the two-way communication system requirement and are fully IBC and ADA-compliant. This integrated unit also is NFPA code-compliant and can be utilized in various environments. 

Join Talkaphone on Wednesday, February 12th to learn how to identify and specify Area of Rescue solutions. In this webinar, you will learn more about AOR systems and see where to identify AOR solutions in an RFQ, so you can easily spec and design the system with confidence. Register Now