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November TFPA Meeting and Lunch Program
San Marcos Activity Center
501 E. Hopkins
San Marcos, TX 78666
United States
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM CDT
Category: SBC Partner


In-Building Public Safety Radio Communication Systems

Learn about code requirements for providing these systems in new and existing buildings, the technology, use by emergency responders, and conducting radio signal compliance assessments

Location: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 


  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Register and networking
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Presentation (part 1)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch and business meeting
  • 12:45 p.m. -  2:30 p.m. -  Presentation (part 2) 


New and existing buildings often obstruct public safety radio signals that are essential for emergency responders.  To ensure radio functionality in buildings, fire code now require evaluations to determine whether supplemental in-building radio systems must be installed. This seminar will provide information about in-building radio system technology, code requirements for new and existing buildings, and conducting radio coverage compliance assessments, among other related topics.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • Basic System Topology/Design
  • Cellular Communication vs. Public Safety Communication Systems
  • National and Local Code Requirements for Public Safety Radio Communications
  • Recent and Planned Code Updates – NFPA, IFC
  • Developing Specifications and System Layout
  • System Commissioning and Testing Best Practices
  • FirstNet Update


Alan Perdue, Executive Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition.  Chief Perdue is a nationally recognized expert on code requirements for in-building public safety communication systems, and he frequently lectures on this topic throughout the United States.

Chief Perdue served nearly 40 years in the fire service, eventually reaching the rank of Director of the Department of Emergency Services in Guilford County, North Carolina, and he holds Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) credentials through the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission for Professional Credentialing.

Among his many professional accomplishments, Chief Perdue is a member of the International Accreditation Services Technical Advisory Committee for Fire & Life Safety Departments, serves as an Elected County Commissioner in Guilford County, NC, served on the board of directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and is a Past-president of the North Carolina County Fire Marshals Association.

Registration Fee (covers lunch):

Prepaid Online - Member: $15
Prepaid Online - Non-member: $20
At Door - Member/Non-Member: $30

RSVP DEADLINE IS 5:00 P.M. on November 9, 2018.  Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: http://txfpa.org/event-3070055