Safer Buildings Coalition Launches ‘Complete ERCES Handbook’
The handbook provides comprehensive learning and reference material on Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems, and also serves as a study guide.
LAS VEGAS – The Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC) has published its Complete ERCES Handbook with NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) Study Guide. The handbook is authored by SBC in collaboration with subject matter experts from across the industry and with the assistance of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM).
The handbook provides comprehensive learning and reference material on Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES), and also serves as a study guide. The latter includes everything needed to prepare for NICET’s In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) certifications for Technician Levels 1, 2, 3, and Designer, states the SBC.
The NICET IB-PSC Certification Program, a new engineering technician certification program for ERCES, was announced in 2020, and was developed as a joint effort between the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) and SBC.
“The Safer Buildings Coalition has established itself as the leading proponent for highly qualified individuals to design, install, and maintain these critical life-safety systems,” says Chip Holllis, NICET senior director. “NICET is very happy to have the support of the Safer Buildings Coalition to develop and launch this important new certification program.”
The book takes the reader through a logical progression of knowledge and understanding that builds toward competence in the areas of In-Building Public Safety Communications Design, Installation, Maintenance, and Inspection. In addition, the authors set out to clarify code language and offer best practices and interpretations to make it easier for code officials and industry to talk about project details as they pertain to ERCES codes and standards.
“In my 40-plus years in Fire and Emergency Services, I’ve seen the impact credentialing programs have had on increasing the competency of the workforce in areas such as fire sprinklers and fire alarms. That positive impact is vital to all stakeholders who depend on fire and life safety systems working properly in the event of an emergency,” says Alan Perdue, Safer Buildings Coalition’s executive director. “This book not only will help individuals prepare for NICET IB-PSC Certification, but it is also a comprehensive reference for in-building public safety communications. It is the most ambitious undertaking in the history of the Safer Buildings Coalition.”
The Complete ERCES Handbook with NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) Study Guide is available to order at www.erceshandbook.com. The handbook is expected to ship in late May 2023.
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