Fire-resistant coaxial cable for DAS installations aids first responders

May 12, 2020
American Fire Wire says the newest addition to its family of American-made coaxial cable and connectors offers building owners installing or retrofitting their DAS systems a less expensive method for fireproofing the cable.

American Fire Wire (Reno, Nevada) is introducing its AFW-2HFR-3, a 50-Ohm, two-hour fire rated coaxial cable for Distributed Antenna System (DAS) installations.

The manufacturer notes that the public safety DAS systems that enable wireless connectivity within their radiuses, without the proper components, can fail to withstand emergency scenarios such as floods, fires and earthquakes, minimizing the communications first-response teams can conduct when on-site.

American Fire Wire says the newest addition to its family of American-made coaxial cable and connectors offers building owners installing or retrofitting their DAS systems a less expensive method for fireproofing the cable. When paired with the right system of antennas and amplifiers, the AFW-2HFR-3 cable successfully transports the wireless signal inside of a building and meets survivability codes put forth by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the International Fire Code (IFC).

"We witnessed a need for a high-stress, two-hour fire rated coaxial cable during the tragedy of September 11, 2001," said American Fire Wire's president, Will Rogers. "Clear and open lines of communications are critical for first responders to save lives. The right system with the right components allows for the best evacuation scenario during emergencies."

American Fire Wire's cable has been tested to the industry standard used to certify 3M's endothermic wrap, which has already been widely adopted for use. The ASTM E119 standard requires cables to continually operate for two hours when exposed to fire at 1850 degrees.

The AFW-2HFR-3 cable also meets the requirements of NFPA 72, NFPA 1221, and IFC Section 510, fire codes set forth for Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS), which must be followed in all new buildings and all new building renovations.

The manufacturer says the new cable uses braided technology and offers an improved bending radius, lending greater flexibility during installation. It is available for purchase cut to exact lengths, thus reducing waste of specialty coax.

"Building retrofits can be done at a fraction of the cost, and our cable will save owners and installers up to $400 per foot over traditional methods like costly wraps, two-hour pathways, concrete slabs and building soffits," added Rogers. "But the heart of our company is more than just a cable -- it's a means to make sure we give first responders the best possible chance to protect our citizens and themselves. As the pioneer in the two-hour coaxial cable market, we're proud of American Fire Wire and what it means to American citizens and first responders."

Learn more at www.americanfirewire.com.

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