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Health and Safety Win for LA County Firefighters

April 22, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors approve a downsized network of radio towers in response to health and aesthetic concerns raised by firefighters and homeowners

April 15, 2015

Los Angeles, CA - The LA County Board of supervisors has agreed to downsize the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System, or LA-RICS, after a health and safety campaign brought public attention to the plan to build approximately 177 high-powered communications towers on fire stations, lifeguard stations, and other community buildings in neighborhoods throughout LA County.

Dave Gillotte the president of Los Angeles County Firefighters 1014 said "The proximity of the towers and people living next to the towers is of grave concern, but it's a very complex issue as to how those radio waves affect people all the way up to three miles away.”

Going forward with a smaller network, the county plans to hold public hearings in each of the five supervisorial districts to educate residents and gather feedback. A staffer familiar with the project said it is likely the existing towers will be removed.

The board also voted to prohibit commercial communications services near LA-RICS sites where county firefighters sleep and within 250 feet of an existing residence. An LA-RICS management spokesman told the board that the downsized network will still serve its original function as a broadband network. 

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Health and Safety Win for LA County Firefighters

Los Angeles County supervisors approve a downsized network of radio towers in response to health and aesthetic concerns raised by firefighters and homeowners.

Los Angeles, CA - The LA County Board of supervisors has agreed to downsize the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System, or LA-RICS, after a health and safety campaign brought public attention to the plan to build approximately 177 high-powered communications towers on fire stations, lifeguard stations, and other community buildings in neighborhoods throughout LA County.

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