The code was adopted to supplement the requirement for Area Of Rescue Assistance Communication as most buildings built today do not require Areas of Refuge. The intent of the code is that if a wheel-chair bound resident or visitor to a building utilizes an elevator to access an above or below grade floor, they shall have a method with which to communicate that they are trapped on the floor when the elevator is in recall mode or otherwise out of service in the event of an emergency.
The function of the communications system provides a hands free intercom at each elevator landing that communicates back to a common intercom at the main entrance to the building. From this intercom the responding fire fighters can communicate to the trapped individual. Per the code requirements these systems are also tied back to our central monitoring station to provide monitoring 24/7.
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1007.8 Two-way communication.
A two-way communication system shall be provided
at the elevator landing on each accessible floor that is
one or more stories above or below the story of
exit discharge complying with Sections 1007.8.1 and 1007.8.2.