Protecting Our Emergency Communication System and Our First Responders
Posted by Mitchell Englander on April 03, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This Wednesday, the City Council unanimously passed a motion which I coauthored with Council President Herb Wesson calling for immediate action to halt the construction of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications (LA-RICS) Long Term Evolution (LTE) system at City of Los Angeles Fire and Police Stations. The motion also requests the City of Los Angeles representatives on the LA-RICS Joint Powers Authority (JPA) begin working on alternative locations and less intrusive technology solutions.
Coupled with concerns from the users of this system, the City of Los Angeles has concerns about cost uncertainties, the continued withdrawals of other jurisdictions from the LA-RICS JPA, and delays in construction.
The intended users of this system, firefighters and police officers, have expressed concerns about the construction of the LTE system at Fire and Police stations throughout the City. While there is no question about the need for a successful interoperability system in the region, it is critically important to implement it correctly the first time around. We cannot have an effective emergency communications system without input from our public safety professionals on the front line.
The City of Los Angeles has consistently supported interoperable communications between public safety agencies in the Los Angeles region. Toward this end, the City has been a member of the LA-RICS JPA since it was established in 2008.
Click here to read the motion.
Pictured: Men and women of the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments, Jerretta Sandoz, Vice President Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), Peter Repovich, Director LAPPL, Dave Gillotte, President Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014, Councilmember Englander, Tony Gamboa, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC), Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Frank Lima, President UFLAC, and Craig Lally, President LAPPL (Photo courtesy of Adam VanGerpen).
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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