Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, March 27, 2015

At the top of the news are three items this week : First is that the FirstNet second request of comment deadline has been extended until April 20, 2015 to give those who wish to comment more time to do so. The next item up is that the RFP for FirstNet partners draft which was supposed to have been released by the end of March will now not see the light of day until after the FirstNet Board meeting in April. The committee which has been reviewing the draft wanted to see some changes made as well as some clarifications. FirstNet only has this one chance to get one or more partners lined up to assist in the build out and running of the network so they want to make sure that it is as good as it can be before initial release for comments.

And finally, LA-RICS appears to be in a bind over the planned Broadband towers to be built at fire stations around LA County and within the various cities within the County. This week the board of supervisors voted to stop the build out. There are many rumors swirling around about this issue but the Firefighters union ran ads on the major news stations in LA saying that the 70 foot towers at the fire stations would cause cancer in not only the firefighters by nearby residents. In spite of the fact that the FCC does not permit RF related health issues to be used in denying towers, the outcry was enough so that the board of Supervisors shut the program down.

http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/la-rics-tower-construction-halted-due-to-lack-of-transparency-148641

The above is based on the facts, this paragraph is based on rumors and third party reports. First up is the fact that LA-RICS did not do any community outreach in the areas where the towers were to be built. Secondly, LA-RICs obtained a blanket CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) waiver for all of the fire stations. This might work except that some of the fire stations are on leased property so cannot be covered by the CEQA and then, of course, there is the rumor that the Firefighters Union told LA-RICS that they would stop complaining if the fire fighters received hazardous duty pay!

LA-RIC is designed to provide Public Safety, including the fire fighters, with better communications which will result in more information regarding fires, hazards and other issues, and will save lives not only of the people served but by those serving as well. The unfortunate thing about this entire mess is that the grant for LA-RICS runs out in September. Then there is the “technical expert” hired by the Fire Fighters union who insists that the FCC rules are not good enough and in fact a level of 0.01 microwatts per square centimeter is acceptable, a level with is 50,000 times lower than the FCC requires. Another engineer who actually works with this type of RF all of the time did the math and determined that the towers will, in fact, expose the fire fighters to far less RF than the maximum permitted by the FCC. The result is a mess at this point and hopefully someone will be able to convince the Fire Fighters union that they should be supporting this network and not fighting it. Have a safe and good week-end Andy

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