Fire Fighter Radios: what do you need to know?

Safety and the preservation of life at sea should be the starting for point for all businesses in the maritime industry. When a fire or explosion occurs at sea, the incident can be fast-moving and chaotic, with life and asset integrity at risk in worst case scenarios. Effective communication, enabled by firefighter radios, is key to effective management of every incident.

Changing SOLAS and EU regulations for firefighter radios

The SOLAS and EU requirements for firefighter radios have continue to evolve in line with industry-wide efforts to improve safety standards at sea. This is good news for the industry and especially those that work within it, but it also means that the compliance targets for ship owners and operators are constantly moving. All regulatory change requires comprehensive evaluation and, where necessary, further clarification should be given to the industry to ensure all new requirements are fully understood and can be efficiently applied at sea.

Understanding and implementing the latest technical requirements from IMO and EU

SOLAS Chapter II-2 requires every SOLAS-regulated ship built after 1st July 2014 to have the right fire safety equipment in place. A minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board. Non-complying vessels can be detained, incurring significant costs and delays to their shipping schedule. In their whitepaper, Cobham SATCOM, aimed to provide the additional information you need to meet the functional and technical requirements for the use of firefighter radios at sea, in line with new IMO and EU requirements.


Everything you need to know about recent global maritime regulations on firefighting communication!

Which portable radio do we recommend?

When it comes to one of the most extreme and dangerous situation crews can face – the outbreak of a fire – the need for efficient communication for the coordination of firefighting is vital.

The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter is the world’s first marine approved portable radio made specifically for fulfilling the SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 10.10.4 and to maximize fire safety at sea. No other radio goes further or does more to help keep your crews and vessels safe no matter what the conditions.

Built on the legacy of SAILOR SP3500 series portable radios, the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter radio provides reliable, feature rich communication that helps to make the fire party safe and effective when called into action.

The Sailor 3965 UHF Fire Fighter is:

  • Robust
  • Reliable for critical operations
  • Taking safety to higher standards
  • ATEX Class II 2G Ex ib IIB T4

The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter radio is a true SAILOR product. It is 100% designed in-house at Cobham SATCOM with features specifically made for fire fighters, such as a logical and easy to operate keypad, instant readout of status on the crystal clear display and audio feedback of channel selection in headsets. The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter radio is a cost effective solution that integrates with both SAILOR accessories as well as high quality third party accessories. This flexibility ensures that the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter radio fulfils the need of most configurations of the fire fighter outfits required under SOLAS.


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Contributing to safety of life at sea

As Radio Holland, we will continue to scan the regulatory landscape in relation to radio communication at sea for firefighters, ensuring you are prepared for future changes and can make prudent decisions to prepare your vessels and crews.

Always there. Everywhere.