Publications

IMSA publishes a variety of manuals and specifications related to public safety. These are available to members and non-members and include:

  • IMSA Official Fire Alarm Manual
  • IMSA Official Wire and Cable Specifications
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices (MUTCD)

In addition, the IMSA Journal is published and distributed to members six times a year to inform them of new products and tools, technological advances, new applications, and new ideas in the public safety field. It also furnishes current Section news and activities and information on the local, regional, national, and international levels.

IMSA Official Wire and Cable Specifications Manual

The manual contains fifty specifications covering signal cable, communications cable, copper line wire, copper covered steel wire, parallel line wire, loop detector wire, fire alarm box grounding assemblies, ground rods and fiber optic cable. 

This manual contains the standard for municipal wires and cables which have been adopted by most cities and states throughout the United States, Canada and other nations. 

Copyright 2012

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) - 2009 Edition

The traffic control devices (TCD) are very critical for the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), by setting minimum standards and providing guidance, ensures uniformity of traffic control devices across the nation. The use of uniform TCDs (messages, location, size, shapes, and colors) helps reduce crashes and congestion, and improves the efficiency of the surface transportation system. Uniformity also helps reduce the cost of TCDs through standardization. The information contained in the MUTCD is the result of either years of practical experience, research, and/or the MUTCD experimentation process. This effort ensures that TCDs are visible, recognizable, understandable, and necessary. The MUTCD is a dynamic document that changes with time to address contemporary safety and operational issues.

Copyright 2009

Official Fire Alarm Manual

The manual contains accepted methods and procedures which may be used as a guide by individuals involved in the field of municipal fire alarm and public reporting systems. The manual contains sixteen sections dealing with all phases of this field including:
  • Glossary of Terms and Fire Alarm Conditions
  • Electronics and Measurement Terminology
  • Basic Electricity
  • Solid State Devices - Fundamentals
  • Basic Digital Logic
  • Fundamental Test Equipment
  • Basic Fire Alarm Control Circuitry
  • Emergency Voice Communications Systems
  • Wired Voice Dispatching Systems
  • Circuit Construction
  • Testing Boxes and Circuits
  • Troubleshooting Fire Alarm Circuits
  • Fire Alarm Maintenance Procedures
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Grounding Practices
  • Aerial Truck Bodies and Equipment
Copyright 1996