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    1. State of Texas House Bill 1063F

    2. Bexar County, Texas Regulation

    3. Hollywood Park, TX ordinance 822

    4. McAllen, TX ordinance


    5. Minneola, FL ordinance

    6. Cocoa Beach, FL city code


    South Carolina

    7. Greer, SC fire code



    8. Fraser, MI fire code



    9. Marietta, GA city code

    10. Douglas County, GA city code


    Fire Chiefs, emergency responders and others may use these excerpts to promote similar legislation in their own communities.



    Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 1063F into law.

    Sec.A352.1145.AA SIREN-OPERATED SENSOR SYSTEMS FOR ELECTRIC GATES. The Commissioners court of a county by order may require that each electric gate to a gated community or multiunit housing project be equipped with a gate-operating device that:

    (1)AA is approved by the county fire marshal or other similar authority having jurisdiction over fire prevention; and (2) Will activate the electric gate on the sounding of an emergency vehicle siren. SECTIONA2.AAThis Act takes effect September 1, 2009.


    EXAMPLE 2: Bexar County Regulation

    2.01 Each electrically operated, vehicle access gate providing entry to a gated community or multiunit housing project in unincorporated Bexar County must be equipped with a Siren-Operated Sensor in compliance with this order.
    11.01 This order shall become effective 180 days after approval and adoption.
    Signed 3/9/10 by Bexar County, Texas Commissioners Court

    EXAMPLE 3: Hollywood Park, Texas

    Section 18-50 of Ordinance # 822

    (a) All commercial or residential electronically operated access gates within the town or its extraterritorial jurisdiction shall be required to have installed on such gate a siren operated sensor.

    (b) All newly installed electronically operated gates shall have a siren operated sensor prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit.

    (c) All owners of existing electronically controlled gates shall have six months from the effective date of the ordinance from which this section is derived to have a siren operated sensor installed on such gate.

    (d) The owner of the gate is responsible for the ordering and installation of the siren operated sensor.

    (e) The siren operated sensor shall be maintained by the owner and remain operational for the life of the access point.

    (f) The siren operated system comes with a decal notifying emergency services of the system's existence. This decal shall be affixed to the gate in a viewable unobstructed area.

    (g) Upon completion of the siren operated system, the owner shall notify the fire marshal's office at their earliest convenience to schedule a time to test the system and submit manual keypad codes.

    (Ord. No. 822, § 3, 3-21-2006)


    EXAMPLE 4: McAllen, Texas

    c) Gates on private streets shall be setback with a turnaround as specified by the city engineer. Gate clearance and mechanisms shall comply with the requirements of the fire marshall for emergency access. A secondary access shall be required for gated streets providing access to 30 or more dwelling units.

    (Ord. No. 2006-14, § 2, 2-15-06)


    EXAMPLE 5: Minneola, Florida

    Section 32-08. Required Access for Fire Apparatus

    (d) Automatic vehicle access control gates.

    (1) Where automatic vehicle assess control gates are used, the following criteria shall apply:

    a. Gate installation criteria, including battery backup, siren operated sensors, key switches, opener devices and gate markings, shall be reviewed and approved in writing by the fire marshal prior to installation.

    b. In the event the gates become nonoperational, they shall remain in the open position until such time as all minimum requirements have been returned to a fully operational status. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner/property management to ensure gates are properly maintained and repaired as necessary.

    (Ord. No. 2005-03, § 7, 2-8-2005)


    EXAMPLE 6: Cocoa Beach, Florida

    Section 9-10. General Fire Protection Requirements

    (r) Automatic vehicle access control gates:

    (1) Gate installation criteria, including battery back up. siren operated sensors, key switches, opener devices and gate markings shall be reviewed and approved in writing by the authority having jurisdiction prior to installation.

    (2) In the event the gates become non-operational, they shall remain in the open position until such time as all minimum requirements have been returned to a fully operational status. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner/property management to ensure gates are properly maintained, and repaired as necessary.


    EXAMPLE 7: Greer, South Carolina

    Section 34-1. International Fire Code

    (b) Siren-operated sensors. Section 503.6 of the International Fire Code, adopted in subsection (a) of this section and any future editions which may be adopted by the city from time to time, is hereby supplemented as follows:

    (1) Required. Siren-operated sensors shall be required on residential security gates installed at a private residence or in a residential community and shall be installed and maintained according to the following:

    a. The siren sensor shall be installed at the main or community used gate.


    EXAMPLE 8: Fraser, Michigan

    Sec. 10-3. Local amendments to International Fire Code.

    503.6.1. Approved means of emergency operation. Unless the security gate is constantly attended (twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week) by a responsible person employed for the purpose of monitoring and administering the security gate, the following rules shall apply:

    1. The gate(s) shall be provided with an approved Siren Operated Sensor (S.O.S.) designed to trigger any brand of gate operator within three (3) - five (5) seconds. It shall have a minimum ten (10) minute hold. It shall have a battery back-up system for continuous duty or open and hold until line power is restored. In all cases the gate(s) must be accessible to 9-1-1 emergency responders. A suitable label/sign shall be installed to remind Fire, Police, and E.M.S. that an S.O.S. system is installed.


    EXAMPLE 9: Marietta, Georgia

    Section 726.03 Public and Private Development

    D. Arrangements for access through the gate for emergency service vehicles must be reviewed by, and are subject to approval by, the Fire Department. Emergency service vehicles include, but are not limited to, fire suppression equipment, medical emergency vehicles and law-enforcement vehicles. Necessary arrangements include, but are not limited to; Emergency Mechanical Disconnects (crash bolts), siren activated entry (Siren Operated Sensor) compatible with all City equipment which is currently used or may be used in the future, Knox/fire boxes for keyed/keyless entry, keypad code entry, occupant telephone authorized entry, and automatic gate opening upon power disconnect.

    EXAMPLE 10: Douglas County, Georgia

    Sec. 10-17. Accessibility of buildings for fire-fighting equipment.

    (a) Reasonable accessibility shall be provided to and around all buildings for firefighting equipment, including ladder trucks on multiple-story projects. Accessibility shall be approved by the fire chief or his designee.

    (b) Accessibility for firefighter's equipment shall be maintained throughout all stages of construction.

    (c) Minimum widths of access roads, excluding parking, shall be twenty (20) feet. Minimum turning radius shall be thirty-two (32) feet. All access roads and fire lanes shall be capable of supporting the loads of fire apparatus and shall have a minimum of thirteen (13) feet, six (6) inches of vertical clearance.

    (d) All access roads in excess of one hundred fifty (150) feet in length shall be provided with an approved area for turning around fire apparatus.

    (e) Gates securing fire apparatus access shall be provided with an automatic gate-opening device if the gates are controlled by electronic means. An approved siren operated sensor shall activate the gate-opening device.

    (f) Gates securing fire apparatus access shall be a minimum fourteen (14) feet in clear width for divided lanes and twenty (20) feet for a single lane. Gate shall be swing or sliding type. Fire access lanes shall be straight and have no turns for fifty (50) feet on both sides of security gate.

    (g) Additional fire apparatus access may be required based on the fire chief or his designee's opinion.

    (Ord. of 8-18-09)




    Leaders at the state, county and local levels throughout the country have recognized the reliability and cost-effectiveness of Siren Operated Sensors. We hope these samples might be of use to you in considering and proposing similar legislation in your area.



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