The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made a unified definition of basic safety requirements for fire brigade radios. It is based on the recommendations of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). In addition, the European Union (EU) has included radio stations for fire brigades on board ships in the Marine Equipment Directive (MED). Approval by MED will be based on special marine standards, taking into account harsh operating conditions. The decision to include firefighter radios in the MED, which includes stricter approval procedures, demonstrates the EU’s commitment to ensure that this product meets its intended purpose and supports the protection of life and property in the most extreme and dangerous situations.
Both of these initiatives have strengthened the market position.SAILOR 3965 Fire Fighter Radio
as a leading brand model designed to meet SOLAS requirements.
From October 3, 2022, all new radio stations for firefighters installed on ships flying the EU flag must have a Wheelmark certificate confirming compliance with MED requirements. Up to this date, broadcasts with the CE mark adopted in accordance with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) are accepted. Therefore, the current version of SAILOR 3965 with the CE mark can be installed until October 2, 2022.
A small number of SAILOR Wheelmark radios will be available from May 2020. The current version with CE marking is available now and is fully compliant.
Adoption of the EU Marine Equipment Directive
The latest version of Regulation (IR) 2019/1397 on the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) 2014/90 / EU includes two-way radiotelephone equipment for fire brigades as a new element of MED / 5.20. Based on this, approved MEDs and approved radios are accepted for installation from October 3, 2019.
The EU emphasizes that these radio stations are an important part of safety on board. As a result, they are moved from the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) to MED. Technically, this directive change does not require any changes to the SAILOR 3965 Fire Fighter. This radio station has been designed in accordance with maritime requirements specified in the following standards:
- IEC 60945
ETSI EN 301 843-1 and ETSI EN 301 843-2
ATEX Directive 2014/34 / EU
ETSI EN 300 720
A basic non-rechargeable battery has become mandatory as radios with a very low ambient temperature must operate in order to obtain IEC 60945 approval. Batteries cannot provide the power needed at these temperatures.
It is worth noting that the primary battery has always been an option with the SAILOR 3965 Fire Fighter. This is due to the fact that the provision of a fully charged battery avoids the loss of time associated with recharging or discharging the battery when radio stations are urgently needed.
Regulation 10.10.4 - Fire safety, firefighter equipment, fire communications
The two-way portable radiotelephone equipment for firefighters' communications required by regulation 10.10.4 must be of a certified safe type, suitable for use in hazardous areas of zone 1, as defined in IEC 60079.
The minimum requirements for a group of devices and temperature class must meet the most stringent requirements for the danger zone on board (during fires).
The SAILOR 3965 Fire Fighter is ATEX 2G compliant with Zone 1 requirements.
Another requirement regarding the most hazardous area available to the fire department is the type of gas that can be found on board. This requirement indicates which gas group and temperature class the radio stations are allowed to use.The SAILOR 3965 Fire Fighter is approved for gas group IIB and temperature class T4, which meets the requirement for most gases found on board ships.
Some ships may require an IIC gas group and T4 temperature class, in which case a blue SAILOR 3560 UHF ATEX radio station or a SAILOR 3530 VHF ATEX radio station is recommended. These radio stations in the EU are approved based on the RED directive, therefore they can only be installed on ships flying the EU flag until the MED requirement is fully met on October 3, 2022.