ASTM F1220 - 95(2006)

    Standard Guide for Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) Telecommunications

    Active Standard ASTM F1220 | Developed by Subcommittee: F30.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers telecommunications practices and performance standards required to support all of the functions of community EMSS on a statewide basis. It defines state planning goals and objectives for EMSS communications.

    1.2 This guide is for planning, coordinating, integrating, and evaluating telecommunications resources statewide to satisfy the functional needs of comprehensive community EMSS systems.

    1.3 To facilitate a two-tiered planning approach recommended for EMSS communications, this guide identifies those communications system features that should be coordinated on a statewide basis and defined in statewide (first tier) EMSS communications planning guidelines. Local (second tier) EMSS communications plans prepared in accordance with the statewide guidelines should then be tailored to satisfy local EMSS needs while providing compatibility and interoperability of communications with other EMSS.

    1.4 The sections in this guide appear in the following sequence:

    Section
    Scope1
    Referenced Documents2
    Terminology3
    Summary of Guide4
    Significance and Use5
    Functions and Categories of EMSS Communications6
    Telecommunications Functions6.1
    Telecommunications Categories6.2
    EMSS Functional Communications Requirements7
    General Information7.1
    Citizen Access7.2
    EMSS Vehicle Dispatch and Coordination7.3
    Medical Coordination/Direction7.4
    Interservice Communications7.5
    Radio Frequency Spectrum and Service Requirements8
    Radio Frequencies8.1
    EMSS Radio Service Coverage8.2
    Operational Considerations8.3
    Goals and Objectives for EMSS Communications9
    Goal 1-State EMSS Communication Should Meet Recog-nized
    Standards for Functional Performance
    10
    Goal 2-Local EMSS Communications Should be Compatible with,
    and Should Not Interfere with, EMSS Communications
    in Neighboring Areas
    11
    Goal 3-Local EMSS Communications Systems Should be Compatible
    with, and Should Not Interfere with, OtherTypes of
    Communications Systems
    12
    Goal 4-EMSS Communications Systems Should Make Maximum Use
    of State and Common Resources Where Appropriate, Cost Effective,
    and Authorized
    13
    Goal 5-The State Should Act as the Representative of Local EMSS
    in Dealing with Federal Agencies and National Organizations
    14
    Goal 6-The State Should Have a Program for Positive Management
    of Its EMSS Communications Activities
    15
    Emergency Medical Radio Services (EMRS)
    Radio Frequencies (MHz)
    Appendix X1
    Acronyms and Glossary for EMSS CommunicationsAppendix X2
    References

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1031 Practice for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic)

    F1149 Practice for Qualifications, Responsibilities, and Authority of Individuals and Institutions Providing Medical Direction of Emergency Medical Services

    F1221 Guide for Interagency Information Exchange

    F1229 Guide for Qualification and Training of EMS Air Medical Patient Care Providers

    F1254 Practice for Performance of Prehospital Manual Defibrillation

    F1258 Practice for Emergency Medical Dispatch

    F1287 Guide for Scope of Performance of First Responders Who Provide Emergency Medical Care

    F1381 Guide for Planning and Developing 9-1-1 Enhanced Telephone Systems

    F1418 Guide for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) in Roles and Responsibilities

    F1453 Guide for Training and Evaluation of First Responders Who Provide Emergency Medical Care

    F1517 Guide for Scope of Performance of Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Operations

    F1552 Practice for Training Instructor Qualification and Certification Eligibility of Emergency Medical Dispatchers

    F1560 Practice for Emergency Medical Dispatch Management


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 33.040.35 (Telephone networks)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1220-95R06

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