IRS launches advisory service for updated SOLAS regulations for firefighting on board

Integrated Radio Systems (IRS), a leading supplier of two-way radios and marine communication equipment, has announced that it has launched a campaign to support vessels in order to comply with imminent changes to SOLAS regulations for firefighting requirements on-board.

The updated Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations will come into force in 2018, and, according to IRS, are going largely unnoticed within the yachting industry. 

Steph Barnett at Integrated Radio Systems said, “We have made the move to support vessels in compliance with the new regulations, as there is still great unawareness about these changes within the yacht community. We are working in both a sales and advisory capacity to promote compliance in due time for all vessel’s inspection dates. 

“The new regulations dictate that ships constructed on or after 1st July 2014 require a minimum of two, two two-way portable radio apparatus to be carried on board for each fire party for fire fighter's communication. Those two-way portable radios should be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe.

“Ships constructed before 1st July 2014 must comply with the requirements of this legislation no later than the first survey after 1st July 2018, which is why we are stepping in to make vessels aware in good time.”

MISIS legislation outlines that the purpose of these specific ATEX compliant radios is to provide “a dedicated means of communication between a team of fire fighters entering the space, and the crew member located outside the space who is assigned to control this team, i.e. one Fire Party. The total number of these radios to be carried on board will depend upon the number of fire parties detailed on the Muster List, as each fire party must have at least two of these dedicated radios.”

For more information, visit Integrated Radio Systems.

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