Firefighting, Health & Safety

L.A. County Firefighters Concerned by Potential Health Risk of Fire Stations Near Cell Towers

Firefighters rallied outside a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning in Downtown Los Angeles over cell phone towers they fear pose serious health risks to dozens of L.A. County fire stations.

“We have 10 times the cancer rate of a lot of cancers, and leukemia, than the general population. We don’t need more exposure,” Currier said.

One hundred seventy-seven cellphone towers are expected to be erected around L.A. County, mostly near police and fire stations, where firefighters say at least a dozen have already gone up.

A spokesperson for LA-RICS, the agency tasked with installing the new towers, says they are meant to improve communication during emergency responses by integrating communications with dozens of police and fire departments; and they wouldn’t have be placed if they were thought to be dangerous.

A public service announcement has meanwhile been created asking the Board of Supervisors to stop the towers from going up.

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