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A one-day workshop was held in Northbrook Illinois on Wednesday 19 September 2012 to seek clarification of recommended parameters and levels of intrinsic safety for fire service electronic safety equipment (ESE) in hostile fire ground environments, with a particular focus on portable communication radios. These are the proceedings of that workshop. This workshop was conducted as part of a larger research effort to address interoperability and compatibility of ESE. The intrinsic safety of ESE is a critical performance characteristic that impacts interoperability and compatibility. Part of the motivation for this workshop is rooted in the confusion that currently exists on intrinsic safety requirements and appropriate product standard references that should be provided by NFPA standards.