February 12, 2016
Could this put a dent in Big T’s and Local Government’s plans to irradiate everyone with untested millimeter waves?
Health Exemption for Firefighters sends a Message to the World
from Susan Foster
‘The legislature granted an exemption from SB 649 to the firefighters who requested it for health reasons. Throughout California firefighters have long complained of often disabling symptoms from cell towers on their stations. Cities frequently rent out space on fire stations to add to city revenue. Firefighters live and sleep in the stations when on duty, and have experienced significant RF radiation exposure.’
‘Symptoms experienced by the firefighters have included neurological impairment including severe headache, confusion, inability to focus, lethargy, inability to sleep, and inability to wake up for 911 emergency calls. Firefighters have reported getting lost on 911 calls in the same community they grew up in, and one veteran medic forgot where he was in the midst of basic CPR on a cardiac victim and couldn’t recall how to start the procedure over again.’
‘…the SB 649 exemption of California fire stations is noteworthy, and long overdue. Cell towers on fire stations are, in many instances, challenging the cognitive and physical capability of our firefighters’
‘Because firefighters must pass rigorous physical and cognitive exams before being admitted to any fire department, only the best and brightest are selected. Therefore the vast majority of the rest of the population of California is inherently more vulnerable and more likely to suffer even greater harm as a result of this unfettered cell tower intrusion into our neighborhoods, schools, parks, hospitals, places of worship and places of work.’
‘They are the guardians of society. They deserve to be protected. Yet so does the population they protect.’
So what about brain surgeons, paramedic/emergency medical staff, airline pilots? the list is endless. But if I were in the hands of any of these people I would prefer them not to be ‘neurologically impaired’ in any way.
School children? Surely they are more vulnerable than firemen and equally deserving of protection? One day they will be the firemen, brain surgeons etc.
Call to Action
‘if you live in California, you can find your Assembly Member here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ Call and tell them no on SB 649. If you don’t live in California, you may feel this can’t reach you. It can. Register your concern with your representatives in all states and countries and resist a flood of industry money filtering through to your elected officials to allow industry to site towers/masts wherever they want to.’
This is not the first time firefighters have raised this issue. Many years ago it was raised in the UK. I can’t remember what the outcome was, but here’s a sample (from Powerwatch archives – 2002)
‘Devon Fire Authority bans mobile phone masts and antennas from its stations until it can be proved they pose no health dangers. The ban was announced when the authority refused permission for Airwave to put a new TETRA antenna on top of Moretonhampstead fire station.’
And more from the IAFF in 2004(!)
http://www.iaff.org/HS/Resi/Ce…..rFinal.htm – advocating the precautionary principle
‘The only reasonable and responsible course is to conduct a study of the highest scientific merit and integrity on the RF/MW radiation health effects to our membership and, in the interim, oppose the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members’
There’s been plenty of science produced since 2004……