The Free Dictionary defines a fire command station as the principal location where the statuses of a fire detection system, an alarm system and a communications-and-control system are displayed and from which all systems can be manually controlled. Each state in the U.S. has its own codes and regulations regarding fire command stations and fire safety.
According to Justia, fire codes are constantly updated to ensure safety. States place regulations on buildings to ensure the safety of their occupants in the event of a fire or other emergency. The 2006 New York Code for communication systems and fire command stations states that buildings 75 feet or higher or with a total gross area of 200,000 or more square feet are required to have a fire command station located on the ground floor. The fire command station must contain a loudspeaker and communication capability, have an audible alarm signal, be able to manually reset information display systems and have the means to control alarms on any floor throughout the building. It is also required to have a means for silencing alarm signals when a loudspeaker is in use. Lastly, it must be able to test display lamps, local alarms and the connection to a central fire station.