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Dispute Leads to Seizure of Valley Center (CA) Communications Equipment

Equipment supporting a high-tech Internet communications system that links rural fire stations throughout the county was taken out of a Valley Center fire station Friday by the San Diego County Fire Authority, apparently as part of an ongoing contractual dispute over staffing of the Valley Center Fire Protection District. Cal Fire/Fire Authority officials also disconnected the ASAPnet system at Valley Center's second fire station, but were barred from removing equipment there by a fire district administrator who said they would need a court order before touching anything. The administrator, John Byrne, said ownership of the equipment is in dispute and that disconnecting Valley Center st...

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