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Police officers sue force over 'radio injuries
on iddd.de 18.01.2010
Police officers are preparing to sue their own force over a series of illnesses they claim were caused by the radio system they use while out on patrol.
By Nigel Bunyan
Published: 1:35PM GMT 01 Jan 2010
The Lancashire Constabulary was the first in Britain to try out the Airwave network, designed specifically to hive longer range and more capcaity to the emergency services and the military.
Nine years after its introduction scores of officers are claiming that radiation emissions from the system have caused them to suffer such ailments as nausea, headaches, stomach pains and skin rashes.
The local branch of the Police Federation has logged 176 individual complaints, and now senior officials at the police authority are seeking legal advice on how to deal with them.
They have already made budget changes to allow for "a contingent liability in respect of Airwave liability claims".
Critics of the system say its suppliers Motorola, who provide the handsets, and O2, who control the network have made changes to prevent "audio anomalies".
However, the Health and Safety Executive has investigated the controversy and declared that there is no link between the radio technology and the reported ailments.
Lancashire officers began to pilot the system in 2001. Since then the Government has spent £2.9 billion on introducing the system to all 53 forces in England, Scotland and Wales.
John O'Reilly, chairman of the Lancashire Police Federation, said: "When we first got it there were all sorts of problems, including breakdowns in communication and certain parts of the county being unreachable.
"But then most or all of the problems were ironed out over a period of time by improved technology."
A spokesman for Lancashire Police Authority said: "We have received a number of liability claims for injury allegedly resulting from the use of the Constabulary's mobile communications equipment.
"This is an ongoing matter and the outcomes from the claims are not yet known."
Polizeibeamte wollen gegen ihren eigenen Arbeitgeber klagen wegen einer Serie von Krankheiten, die sie ihrem auf der Patrouille benützten Funksystem zuschreiben.
Info von Katja
Von Nigel Bunyan
Die Polizeitruppe von Lancashire war die erste in Grossbritannien, die das Airwave-Funksystem ausprobierte. Dieses sollte den Sicherheitskräften, den Notfalldiensten und dem Militär mehr Reichweite und Kapazität geben. Neun Jahre nach seiner Einführung behaupten viele Beamte, die Strahlungsemissionen des Funksystems seien schuld, dass sie an Beschwerden wie Übelkeit, Kopf- und Magenschmerzen sowie Hautausschlägen leiden.
Die örtliche Zweigstelle des Polizistenverbandes hat 176 Einzelklagen aufgezeichnet. Jetzt suchen höhere Beamte der Polizeibehörde juristischen Rat, wie sie damit umgehen sollen. Sie haben bereits das Budget angepasst, um "im Haftungsfall Schadenersatzsansprüche wegen Airwave" abdecken zu können.
Kritiker des Funksystems sagen, dessen Lieferanten Motorola als Lieferantin der Mobilteile und O2 als Netzbetreiberin hätten Massnahmen ergriffen, um "Audio-Anomalien" zu verhindern.
Die Direktion für Arbeitsschutz hat die Kontroverse untersucht. Sie erklärt, es gebe keinen Zusammenhang zwischen der Funkstrahlung und den berichteten Beschwerden.
Die Polizeibeamten von Lancashire begannen das System im Jahre 2001 zu benutzen. Seither hat die Regierung 2.9 Milliarden £ eingesetzt, um das System bei allen Polizeikräften in England, Schottland und Wales einzuführen. John O'Reilly, Vorsitzender der Polizeibehörde von Lancashire sagte: "Als wir das System bekamen, hatten wir alle möglichen Probleme samt Kommunikationsausfällen, und es waren nicht alle Teile der Grafschaft erreichbar. Aber im Laufe der Zeit wurden die meisten oder sogar alle Probleme durch die verbesserte Technologie ausgebügelt."
Ein Sprecher der Polizeibehörde von Lancashire sagte: "Wir haben eine Anzahl von Schadenersatzansprüchen wegen Gesundheitsschäden erhalten, die angeblich durch die Benutzung der mobilen Kommunikationsausrüstung der Polizei verursacht worden sind. Das Verfahren läuft; über den Ausgang der Schadenersatzklagen ist noch nichts bekannt."
Kommentar der Bürgerwelle Schweiz
Das Airwave-Funksystem der britischen Polizei ist das mit gepulster Strahlung arbeitende TETRA-System. Schon kurz nach der Einführung des Systems in Grossbritannien waren seitens der Polizei Klagen über Beschwerden laut geworden. Die deutsche Polizeigewerkschaft berichtete damals, Polizeibeamte in Lancashire und North Yorkshire, die mit den neuen Funkgeräten arbeiteten, hätten sich über Gesundheitsschäden beklagt. In einem Leserbrief in der Mitarbeiterzeitung der Polizei vom März 2002 habe ein Polizist kritisiert, es sei ihm "unbegreiflich", dass Polizeibeamte nach wie vor mit TETRA-Funkgeräten arbeiten müssten, obwohl zahlreiche Krankheitsfälle aufgetreten seien, die "direkt auf TETRA zurückzuführen sind". So seien ihm selbst einige Fälle von Hautreizungen, Schlaflosigkeit, Migräne, Depressionen, Konzentrationsschwäche und Kopfschmerzen bekannt. Trotzdem wurde das TETRA-Funksystem in ganz Grossbritannien ausgebaut, und zur Zeit ist TETRA auch in Deutschland im Aufbau begriffen.
In der Schweiz wird das mit ungepulster Strahlung sendende Tetrapol-System eingeführt. Es wird hier "Polycom" genannt. Über gesundheitliche Beschwerden verlautete unseres Wissens noch nichts. Der Bürgerwelle Schweiz ist eine Polizeibeamtin bekannt, die angibt, im Streifenwagen aufgrund des Polycom-Funksystems jeweils unter Beschwerden zu leiden.
Who is pushing TETRA so hard, and why?
For some it is more than a minor irritant. When a TETRA mast went live just a few hundred yards from Littlehamptom Primary School in Sussex in 2004, 11 children were sent home with headaches and nosebleeds.
According to Mr Morrison, all the Thornwood sufferers began reporting microwave symptoms at the same time as two masts, 3G and TETRA, were put up in the area. "There are now 15 masts in the Partick area," he added. "The worst affected are those who live in the cross-lines between the 3G and TETRA masts.
"People here are getting angry because they feel they are being ignored. Everyone wants to know why the authorities won't recognise what's going on - why are they covering this up?"
Israeli Army removes antennas
Fri, 20 Jan 2006
From: Iris Atzmon
Guys, if the Israeli army is taking a precautionary approach then believe me, everything, but I mean EVERYTHING is possible. They are the last to admit, but now they take a wise, responsible step. By the way, all the 3 israeli celluar companies are now in the process of selling their stocks, the hint is clear for anybody who knows basic economy...
Tikshuv is the branch which is responsible for the TETRA and wireless equipment in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF)
Half of the military transmission antennas will be removed
"Bamachane" (a military weekly) 20 January 2006, By Nir Noyman.
The Tikshuv branch is acting together with the planning department of the General Staff to reduce the number of the military transmission sites in which antennas are erected, because of the radiation they emit. In the first stage, two transmission sites will be united in central Israel within the next months, and the intention is to reduce to half the remaining transmission sites during 2006.
The transmission sites that will remain, will provide service to the users in the different arms, in contrast to the situation that was before, when each arm held its own transmission sites.
"The reason for reducing the sites is double" explained head of the AGA"M department in the Tikshuv arm, Al'm (Aluf Mishne)
Asher: "We cut the maintenance costs of the sites, and we also fulfil our commitment as a public organization".
In the Tikshuv branch they explained that in the light of the public awaking in the subject of the cellular radiation and the increase of the public awareness to this subject, it was decided in the branch not to take a risk and to take a redoubled precaution in the radiation issue. Al"m Asher emphasized that "The IDF stands in all the required standards and is under constant regulations of the Environmental Ministry, but since we are also citizens, we understand well the importance of the issue".
Over the country there are dozens of cellular antennas that were erected with the cooperation between the Tikshuv branch, The planning branch, the operations branch, the Defence ministry, the Env. ministry, and the cellular companies. The cost to erect each site is 700,000 shekels up to 1.5 milion. Many antennas are also in the Ramat Hagolan area, Lebanon boundary, in Aiosh and Azcha.
----- Original Message -----
Monday, December 12, 2005
Subject: Fw: Israeli Army responds to studies
Note that the Israeli army has started using TETRA technology in 2004 and spread many cellular antennas near soldiers' sleeping and residence locations, and yesterday soldiers were cited in the newspaper telling black jokes on cancer and that they will have children with mutations with regard to the antennas, that is, some awareness starts penetrating.
To all the justice seekers
Today in Maariv newspaper it was published that the 34th soldier committed suicide this year.
I passed on the material that appears in studies about the reasons for suicides, as it is presented in Iris Atzmon's book, to seniors in the Israeli Defence Force. Sub Brigadier-General (3rd highest rank in Israeli army) answered me in a letter that he thanked me very much and that he passed the material on to professionals to check it. This is a progress because two months ago Lieutenant-Colonel (4th highest rank) Bar-On wrote me that they have material which proves that it is not dangerous for soldiers to be near antennas.
I asked for the material, as I requested the material from scientists who are state workers, and of course they didn't send me, because they don't have 30,000 studies that prove that there is no damage. [as some of them claimed in response to public complaints]
Of course currently, unfortunately, because of the tragedies, they have no choice but to start studying the problem in depth. The brainwash of the cellphones companies that it's not dangerous won't help them- the public has started to wake up. I photocopied hundreds of pages from Iris Atzmon's book and sent them, it's important that everybody will study from the book in order to shut the mouths of the death standard clique. [I skip compliments and the technical details of how to get the book- in hebrew]
What do you think about starting an a-politic party that will take the flag of removing antennas 400 meters from kindergartens and schools, and changing the standard to 0.1.
The group could also give 10% from the administration lands to the IDF (who were released from the army) and other points, including chagning the courts to courts with jury, as I wrote in my books "a state in its neglects", "to the court with the evil", "your brother's blood", "advocacy against judaism". We have excellent candidates
[I skip names] Ladies and gentlement, with 800,000 shekels we can get 10 mandates and be a balance....
The Israeli army soldiers started using TETRA since 2004
The Israeli army soldiers started using TETRA since 2004, and there is a high increase in suicides only in the last year in the army, 8 soldiers committed suicides only this month. 30 committed suicides since the beginning of this year. It is not clear what the reason/s is/are, but nothing has changed in the army apart from the new TETRA system and wireless equipment. I don't know other details with regard to diseases among TETRA users in Israel, of course it's just a matter of time till things will raise on the surface.
16 Oct 2005, Iris.
Nicola's epilepsy and TETRA
Epilepsy girl, 12, will learn at home
Sep 27 2005
by Daniel Davies, Western Mail
Message from Andy Davidson
EDUCATION chiefs agreed to teach a 12-year-old girl with epilepsy at home after it was claimed a police radio mast near her school was giving her fits.
The family of Nicola Packard planned to use the courts to force Dyfed-Powys Police to remove one of its controversial Tetra masts.
Her mother, Jayne, said Nicola - who has severe learning difficulties and uses a wheelchair - had seven fits on the day the mast was switched on, compared to an average of one seizure a month.
The mast, at Haverfordwest Police Station, Pembrokeshire, is about 1km from Nicola's school.
The family moved house in 2000 when a mobile phone mast was built opposite their home and Nicola's fits deteriorated sharply.
They dropped legal action against Pembrokeshire County Council last week when officials agreed to teach Nicola at home in Hakin, near Milford Haven, where she lives with her mother, sister Natasha, 17, and stepfather John, 47. A teacher or learning support assistant will visit for two to three hours a day.
The police Tetra communication system has provoked angry protests from communities who fear the masts emit dangerous radiation.
Mrs Packard, 34, said, "They have backtracked and now she can have home tuition. But I don't want Nicola to have home tuition - I want that mast gone so Nicola can go back to school."
She withdrew her daughter from Portfield Special School when the mast was activated in May. This month she was given a form of diazepam to stop a bout of severe fits when she returned for two days to see if the mast sparked more seizures.
"The day it was turned on Nicola had quite a few fits after she arrived home from school," Mrs Packard said.
"I put her in school two weeks ago to prove to myself that it was harming her. On the Thursday she had fits going into one another. They were not stopping.
"We didn't want to use her as a guinea pig, but we needed to know."
Nicola, who communicates through basic sign language, cannot take medicine for the epilepsy because of powerful side effects.
Mrs Packard claimed another pupil had also been withdrawn from Portfield School complaining of illness since the mast became active, although the school refused to comment on this.
The family has had advice from University Hospital of Wales specialists suggesting a possible link between Nicola's epileptic fits and the Tetra mast, Mrs Packard said.
Five years ago Nicola was having up to 40 seizures a day, which they believed was due to a nearby mast.
Government research found it unlikely that Tetra could pose a risk to human health.
However Michael Charles, Mrs Packard's solicitor, claimed the genuine risk to Nicola's health was clear.
He said, "I don't consider that in this case there was a need to establish a direct link between the Tetra mast and the individual's health.
"The state of scientific evidence to date recommends a precautionary approach towards the use of mobile telecommunications equipment.
"It's difficult to understand how one can be exercising a precautionary approach if you put telecommunications equipment within a stone's throw of a special needs school."
But Mr Charles took time to praise the response of Pembrokeshire council.
He said, "The council has been very responsible and I applaud them."
A Pembrokeshire council spokesman said they would not comment on individual cases, apart from to confirm that Nicola would now receive home tuition.
A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said, "We are awaiting the results of the planning appeal by O2 over the siting of the base station which will provide coverage for Haverfordwest from an alternative location.
"The force understands that the planning inspectorate will hear that appeal at the beginning of November.
"Currently, there is no definitive scientific proof that airwave base stations affect people who are susceptible to epilepsy."
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and epilepsy. In the causes :
It cannot be question in the state of the current scientific knowledge to imply the CEM in the causes of very epilepsy if the question remains unresolved for the cases where of the disruptions of the neurotransmitters are evoked as the can do the CEM (to see for example the chapter on the acetylcholine).
In the triggering of the crises of the studies (5,6) showed since a long time influences it magnetic fields on epilepsy and recent studies specified these data :
Etudes on the animal: Beason and al (1) showed the increase of the excitement rate of neurones aviaires in response to a signal GSM to a SAR of 0,05 w/kg (peak of 0,1 mW/cm2)
Action rediscovered equally by Zhang and coll. (29) with the rat or by Tattersall and coll. (30) or by Sidorenko and coll. (2) that characterized this activity action like epilepsy
Marino and coll (26) showed these modifications of the electric activity with the rabbit.
Action on man:
The studies having showed modifications at the level of the eeg, therefore cerebral electric activity, with the man are very numerous (7 to 25), the minimum level of exposition having showed an effect of 1,9 v/m (7) be widely under the exposition doses generated by the telephones and on the order of the one received by the riverside ones of base station. The effects on attained persons of epilepsy were equally shown (27) as well as the significant increase of the epilepsy risk with company workers of electricity (28).
Action at the level of the electric synapse (Gap junction) and modifications of the intercellular communications (3) explained by certain (4) by an internalisation of the proteines of the synapse and or by modification of the calcium intracellular level. Some authors do equally to intervene the modifications at the level of the neurotransmitters.
If the comprehension of the origin of epilepsy necessitates again researches, the reasons relating to the triggering of the crises or to the favorisation of these are a lot more clear ones and the CEM, that this be in very low frequencies as the one of the electricity or in radiofrequencies such the one of the mobile communication are shown as able to release epilepsy crises.
Richard GAUTIER, Louis GOUGEON, Roger SANTINI
Not exactly a victory. What stupidity recognises that Nicola is shut out of her school for medical reasons linked to TETRA, whilst denying that there is any connection?
... this case there was a need to establish a direct link between the Tetra mast and ... "Currently, there is no definitive scientific proof that airwave base stations ...
THE HUMAN AERIALS ELECTRICAL STORM
TETRA in Scotland (Info from Sylvie)
25 September 2005, by Julia Hunt, The Sunday Mail
One in 20 Scots are victims of radio waves from police masts # Fury as 1000 new pylons are erected all over Scotland
ONE in 20 Scots is at risk from a crippling illness triggered by electromagnetic waves from new police radio masts. Victims of electrosensitivity suffer nausea, headaches, nose bleeds, loss of feeling in arms and legs and chest pains.
One victim compared it to being a human aerial.
Professor Olle Johansson, of the department of neuroscience at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, said: "Once proper investigations have been carried out I'd expect to see between three to five per cent of people in Scotland and the rest of the UK diagnosed as electrosensitive."
The new £2.5billion police communication system Tetra - Terrestrial Trunked Radio - has been introduced throughout the UK. More than 1000 masts have been erected in Scotland. They pulse at 17.6Hz - above the 16Hz frequency the Government's Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones warns might affect brain activity. Experts say radio waves at this frequency can cause calcium to leak from the brain, causing damage to the nervous and immune systems. If the masts are under 15 metres they don't need planning permission.
The Sunday Mail spoke to three victims of the illness last week.
# Former nurse Catherine Fraser, 78, of Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow, claims her home vibrates due to the masts near it. # Georgie Hyslop, 63, of Largs, Ayrshire, says she travelled 14,000 miles to escape the affects of electromagnetic fields.
# Website designer Mark Bannerman, 40, of Pittenweem, Fife, has been unable to switch on his computer since a Tetra mast was built near his home.
Electrosensitivity is a heightened reaction to electrical energy when exposed to electromagnetic fields such as microwave radiation from mobile phones, radio waves from phone and Tetra masts and energy from pylons.
It has been identified as a major problem in a report to be published next month by the Government-backed Health Protection Agency.
Rod Read, chairman of Electrosensitivity UK, said: "We are being exposed to so much electric emissions that certain people are reaching saturation point
Computer makes my face burn
WEBSITE designer Mark Bannerman has been unable to go near a computer since a Tetra mast was put up in his village.
Mark, 40, began suffering nasal burning, extreme migraines, heart palpitations and dizziness last November.
It was months before he realised his symptoms had begun at the same time the Tetra mast in Pittenweem, Fife, was switched on. He said: "Each time I go near a computer now my face burns up, just like I've got sunburn. I get sinus and neck pain and feel really ill.
"It seems ludicrous the masts are going up all over when we have no idea what effect they will have on the population.
"Fife is now covered in Tetra masts, as is the rest of Scotland, so there's nowhere you can move to escape them
My head felt ready to explode
FORMER nurse Catherine Fraser has always had acute hearing. For years, she thought it was a blessing - but it soon became a curse.
When she moved to Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow, she began picking up electric signals inside her home.
The 78-year-old said: "I started hearing a strange humming sound and felt the floor vibrating.
"This carried on every night, getting worse in the early hours. It was impossible to sleep.
"I had burning sensations in my legs and my head felt like it was going to explode.
"I had various people check it out. I even called the police one night and two officers came.
"They felt strange tingling sensations in their legs and pressure in their heads."
Catherine believes the hum came from electromagnetic fields caused by nearby phone masts. She suspects these had a significant effect in her house because it had a lot of metal in the walls.
She said: "My life has been hell since 1997. Unless you feel something for yourself you can't believe what it's like.
"I couldn't stand it any longer and was forced out of my home to stay in B&Bs.
"Since Tetra has been rolled out, there are masts all over the country. I believe there is a link between the transmissions from these masts and people's health.
"It's just a question of being able to scientifically prove it.
"But if the HPA are prepared to recognise electrosensitivity it will only be a matter of time
I feel ill just picking up the phone
GEORGIE HYSLOP, 63, fled her home in Largs, Ayrshire, five years ago and has travelled 14,000 miles to escape electromagnetic fields.
She claims to have been affected by what locals call the 'Largs Hum' - an unexplained low frequency noise.
Georgie, a former radar operator, was given a metal spinal implant to repair an injured back after a skiing accident.
But the implant turns her into a human aerial whenever she is near a mast or pylon.
She gets headaches, nausea, nose bleeds, loss of feeling in her arms and legs, pains in her chest and a burning sensation on her face.
She said: "I was forced out of my home as it was surrounded by phone masts and once a Tetra mast was installed it became unbearable. My spinal column stimulator makes me like an aerial, so I'm affected by anything which transmits electricity. Tetra masts are the worst.
"Mobile phones and cordless phones make my face burn up, just like sunburn, for days.
"As a Royal Air Force radar operator I must have been exposed to radio waves at such doses my body can't cope with any amount now.
"I spent four years working with radar and now I can't even use a telephone without feeling ill
Farmhouse with Antenna Attacked
Thursday, 12 May, 2005
Tetra mast farmhouse is attacked
Paint and a knife were thrown at the farmhouse's door. Police are investigating an attack on the home of a Cornish farmer who was due to have a controversial police communications mast on his land.
The farmer's family say they believe they were attacked because they were due to allow a Tetra mast to be built. A knife was hurled into a door on the farm in Zennor, near St Ives. Red paint was smeared on the it and the words "Tetra tart" daubed on a wall. The masts have prompted several protests over health risk concerns.
If you don't agree with it, then fight it democratically - don't do this
Jan SheffieldJan Sheffield, who runs the farm with her husband, Alan, said: "I can't think that any decent person would do this. "It's very sick that somehow they feel they were justified. "We thought we were helping the community to have emergency cover for everybody's protection. "If you don't agree with it, then fight it democratically. Don't do this, it serves no purpose than to frighten people."
Zennor Parish Council chairman Mike Hindley also condemned the attack. He said: "I think it's a shocking thing to have happened. These things should not be personalised. "It's just not acceptable. The council has unanimously minuted its disapproval of any actions outside of the law taken against any person or any property." Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they were investigating the incident, which also saw tyres slashed on a tractor.
'Cowardly incident '
Supt John Tucker said: "Our enquiries are ongoing at the moment. "It is a cowardly and significant incident that has made a person feel at risk and threatened, and we cannot tolerate that." The masts have prompted protests at several sites in Devon and Cornwall by people concerned about health risks.
Police say the masts are needed to improve the coverage of their radio network and speed up response times. Communications firm Airwave 02, which operates the new technology, says while it accepts that nothing is totally risk free, it insists that Tetra technology is safe.
Der Feuerwehrverband lehnt die Verwendung von Feuerwehrgebäuden als Basisstation ab
|Nachricht von Michael Meyer
Plattform Sozialstaat Österreich - Netzwerk Zivilcourage - Risiko Mobilfiunk
A-5165 Berndorf, Stadl 4
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
die International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) hat aktuell ein Positionspapier zu Mobilfunk und Gesundheit verfasst.
Die IAFF wurde 1918 gegründet und vertritt 267.000 Feuerwehrleute und Notfallpersonal in den USA und Kanada.
Hintergrund und Auslöser zur Erstellung des Positionspapieres sind Gesundheitsprobleme bei Feuerwehrleuten, die Mobilfunksendeanlagen im Nahbereich der Feuerwachen zugeordnet werden.
Auszug aus der Stellungnahme:
"The IAFF oppose the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members."
"Der Internationale Feuerwehrverband lehnt die Verwendung von Feuerwehrgebäuden als Basisstation für Mobilfunktürme und/oder Antennen solange ab, bis eine Studie mit dem höchsten wissenschaftlichen Anspruch und Integrität zu gesundheitlichen Wirkungen bei Exposition gegenüber Niedrigdosisbestrahlung durch Radio- und Mikrowellen durchgeführt wurde und bewiesen wurde, dass diese Aufstellungen für die Gesundheit unserer Mitglieder nicht gefährlich ist."
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Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Dr. Gerd Oberfeld
Dr. med. univ. Gerd Oberfeld
Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung
Referat Gesundheit, Hygiene und Umweltmedizin
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Adresse: Pfeifergasse 3
Tel. ++43 (0)662) 8042 - 2969
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IAFF Releases Position Statement on RF Safety Study
Von: Janet Newton
April 7, 2005 - Announcement on the Home Page of the International Association of Firefighter (IAFF). This marks the release of IAFF's Position Statement on potential health effects of RF radiation from mobile phone base stations, and its call for a moratorium on the siting of further base stations at firefighters' workplaces.
Be sure to read the acknowledgements at the very end of the Position Statement. Joe Foster, "B" Platoon Vice President, IAFF Local #18 - Vancouver British Columbia and Ron Cronin of the Brookline, Massachusetts Fire Department are deserving of recognition for tirelessly leading this initiative as members of IAFF. Milt Bowling, director of the Electromagnetic Radiation Task Force in Vancouver, British Columbia, should also be acknowledged for his technical support in this effort.
IAFF Seeks Study on Health Hazards of Cell Phone Tower Radiation
April 7, 2005 - The IAFF is seeking funding for a study to establish if the use of fire stations as cellular phone base stations for antennas and towers is hazardous to the health of its members.
Complete Press Release follows below.
Introduction to the Position Statement and link to complete Statement:
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS
DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND MEDICINE
Position on the Health Effects from Radio Frequency/Microwave (RF/MW) Radiation in Fire Department Facilities from Base Stations for Antennas and Towers for the Conduction of Cell Phone Transmissions
The International Association of Fire Fighters' position on locating cell towers commercial wireless infrastructure on fire department facilities, as adopted by its membership in August 2004 (1), is that the IAFF oppose the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.
IAFF Seeks Study on Health Hazards of Cell Phone Tower Radiation
"There currently is no good scientific study that determines whether or not cell towers on fire stations are hurting our members, so a study must be done," says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. "Fire fighters are already at a higher risk of injury and illness from the hazards of their job, but we will not tolerate our members being put in additional danger while at the station house from exposure to low-intensity radio frequency and microwave radiation from these cell towers and antennas."
Until the health effects are truly tested and known, the IAFF believes no additional cell towers or antennas should be positioned on or near fire stations.
It is the general belief of international governments and of the wireless telecommunications industry that no consistent increases in health risk exist from exposure to radio frequency radiation. However, it's important to note that these positions are based on non-continuous exposures to the general public to low intensity radio frequency fields emitted from wireless telecommunications base stations.
"Critical questions concerning the health effects and safety of radio frequency microwave radiation remain," says Schaitberger. "We want answers, not the biased opinions of cell phone industry groups."
Most studies on this subject are at least five years old and generally look at the safety of the phone itself. IAFF is concerned about the effects of living directly under these stations for a considerable stationary period of time and on a daily basis.
The IAFF and its medical team believe a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity, contrasting fire fighters with residence in stations with towers to fire fighters without similar exposure, is necessary to truly determine the effects of radio frequency radiation on the central nervous system (CNS) and the immune system, as well as other metabolic effects observed in preliminary studies.
Biological effects from exposure to low-level radio frequency microwave radiation have been recognized as markers of adverse health effects. Internationally acknowledged experts have shown that radio frequency microwave radiation transmissions of the type used in digital cellular antennas and phones can have critical effects on cell cultures, animals and humans in laboratories.
Studies have also found epidemiological evidence of serious health effects at "non-thermal" levels where the intensity of the radiation was too low to cause heating, including increased cell growth of brain cancer cells, changes in tumor growth, more childhood leukemia, changes in sleep patterns, headaches and neurological changes, decreased memory, retarded learning, increased blood pressure and other health hazards.
The IAFF's efforts will attempt to establish a correlation between such biological effects and a health risk to fire fighters and emergency medical personnel due to the citing of cell phone antennas and base stations at fire stations and facilities where they work.
For a full copy of the IAFF report on the potential risk of cell tower radiation, http://iaff.org/safe/content/celltower/celltowerfinal.htm
April 7, 2005 IAFF Press Release is posted at:
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 * 202.737.8484 * 202.737.8418 (Fax)
Janet Newton, President
The EMR Policy Institute, P.O. Box 117, Marshfield VT 05658
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Einfluss niederfrequenter gepulster EMF des kommerziellen Mobilfunkstandards TETRA (380 - 400 MHz) auf das Befinden und die Leistung in verschiedenen Anforderungssituationen
Aus dem Arbeitsplan der Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin für das Jahr 2005
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, laufend, 30.06.2005
Die bisher genutzten Betriebs- und BOS-Funksysteme mit analoger Signalaufbereitung und Schmalband-Frequenzmodulation werden in naher Zukunft durch Systeme mit digitaler Signalverarbeitung und zeitsequentiellem Mehrfachzugriff ersetzt.
Das kommerzielle Mobilfunksystem TETRA, welches im Frequenzbereich 380 MHz - 400 MHz mit Mehrfachzugriff TDMA (ähnlich dem öffentlichen GSM-Mobilfunk) arbeitet steht europaweit kurz vor der Einführung bei den Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben (BOS-Dienste).
Später soll auf der Basis des TETRA-Standards ein allgemeines Betriebsfunksystem entwickelt werden. Im Vergleich zum GSM-Mobilfunk ist die Trägerfrequenz niedriger und die Eindringtiefe der elektromagnetischen Felder in den menschlichen Körper dadurch erheblich größer.
Da die Pulsfrequenz des TETRA-Systems bei der TDMA-Übertragung ebenfalls wesentlich niedriger als bei GSM ist, sind bei gleicher Intensität der Felder stärkere biologische Wirkungen zu erwarten.
Police Chief defends Tetra
I am submitting this letter to local papers in Hampshire, following the comments made by Hampshire Police Chief Kernaghan on local TV BBC News, recently. If any bits or all of it would be useful to others with nice kind Police Chiefs like ours - feel free to use it. You see? Still doing what I can in between brain fag and the drying up of creative juices. Got a terrible feeling I've given up the weed only to get addicted to Masts! There's a horror story in there somewhere.
PS Letters need to be brief for letter pages - I've got a nice editor who tries not to cut so I get indulged a bit - but thought I'd mention it, as it's very frustrating when they take out the most important bits, or worse juggle the contents so they can lose their proper meaning. Be warned!
Letter starts: Can one believe Chief Constable Kernaghan's view that there should be no concerns about the safety of the police communication systemTetra? There is a huge political agenda behind the decision to use it, and Police Chiefs are expected to follow the official line as handed down by government ministers. However, he will rarely be using the Tetra system himself, nor will Home Office minister Hazel Blears or anyone else in Government. So his public statement may not be as convincing as he would wish.
Thousands of Tetra masts are being rolled out (often illegally) despite the health risks. British Police have therefore become guinea pigs for the rest of the world. The Trower Report on Tetra, commissioned by the Police Federation, produced overwhelming evidence of the dangers. It has been ignored. Now hundreds of police are suffering ill health. Two young and healthy officers have tragically died and others are already suffering potentially life threatening illnesses since it was introduced. Residents forced to live in the shadow of Tetra masts, are also showing signs of illness. All this was predicted - and then suppressed. Public health, and money, are at risk for a system that is a £2.9 billion technical disaster, and hundreds of millions more of OUR money will be thrown into the pit rather than scrap it. MP's are asking questions, and the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee are launching inquiries into the system. There are many complaints from top officers and key technicians on the Tetra project. Several police forces are developing their own mobile services rather than use it. They want bearer independence', because, in addition to health concerns, Tetra is obsolete even before the roll-out has been fully implemented. Shocking? Yes. The alternatives are better and safer but higher powers with much to lose, are preventing their use.
I'm sure Chief Kernaghan does not intend to put his officers' lives at risk or the public's so I can only assume that he has not read the Trower Report, though if he hasn't he ought to have done. The safety of his men and Hampshire residents rests in his hands. Should he be submitting to the self- interested demands of HO minister Hazel Blears, who told officers that they must use the system or take the consequences? Not surprisingly this was interpreted by many officers as little short of blackmail. Their words, not mine. It's gratifying that a number of brave police chiefs across the country are ignoring the intimidation and putting the welfare of their officers and citizens first. A good career move? Who can say, but it is a very moral decision. I cannot apologise for criticising those who make the rules and allow others to take the brunt of their decisions. Policemen, like soldiers, risk their lives for us. It is unacceptable that those in high office should add to that risk for political expediency.
However, Chief Kernaghan is not alone in ignoring the Trower Report. The Police trust the advice given by government scientists like Dr David Coggan, of the NRPB. But how trustworthy is that advice? Roger Coghill, a highly qualified scientist whose findings support Trower's, was forced to reject Dr Coggan as an examiner in his PhD thesis on this subject, when he discovered to his amazement, an internal memo written in advance of the scheduled oral examination, setting out reasons why he had been failed. He is not the only scientist to have his career and reputation blighted for coming out with the truth about this technology. This is happening worldwide.
Finally, Airwave the company running Tetra, frequently erects masts illegally, and refuses to dismantle them, defying local authorities. Setting aside the dangers and inefficiencies of Tetra, does the Chief Constable not feel embarrassed about supporting and defending a company that persistently acts unlawfully?
Jennifer Godschall Johnson.
From: Mobile Phone Mast Campaigners Networking
TETRA: A Critical Overview into the death of Officer Neil Dring
On 11th July I was advised of a police officer who had very recently died of cancer of the oesophagus - throat cancer. This officer was in his thirties, an active sportsman with a healthy diet. He didn't smoke or drink and had none of the preconditions for this sort of cancer.
Für Motorola ist das der bisher größte Auftrag über Endgeräte, die gemäß dem digitalen Betriebsfunk Tetra funktionieren.
Polizeigewerkschaft warnt vor TETRA-Digitalfunk
Hintergrund dieser Sorgen sind die der GdP von ihrer englischen Partnerorganisation Police Federation of England and Wales zur Verfügung gestellten Informationen über das in England bereits eingeführte, auf TETRA basierende Airwave-System. So hätten sich inzwischen Polizeibeamte in Lancashire und North Yorkshire, die mit den neuen Funkgeräten arbeiten, über Gesundheitsschäden beklagt. In einem Leserbrief in der Märzausgabe der Mitarbeiterzeitung der Polizei kritisierte ein Polizist, es sei ihm "unbegreiflich", dass Polizeibeamte nach wie vor mit TETRA-Funkgeräten arbeiten müssten, obwohl zahlreiche Krankheitsfälle aufgetreten seien, die "direkt auf TETRA zurückzuführen sind". So seien ihm selbst einige Fälle von Hautreizungen, Schlaflosigkeit, Migräne, Depressionen, Konzentrationsschwäche und Kopfschmerzen bekannt.
TETRA soll mit pulsierender Strahlung arbeiten, die sich in einem ähnlichen Frequenzbereich wie die menschlichen Hirnwellen bewege. Dies hätten nach Angaben der britischen Gewerkschafter unabhängige Wissenschaftler bestätigt. Die gesundheitlichen Gefahren entstünden nach Meinung der Wissenschaftler durch gefährliche Strahlungen, die das Hirngewebe angreifen und Leukämie und Lymphome erzeugen könnten. Freiberg will zwar an einer "schnellstmöglichen Einführung" eines digitalen Sprech- und Datenfunksystems für Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben festhalten, "doch die Gesundheit der Polizeibeamten geht dem vor". (Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti) / (jk/c't)
Police mast system 'under way'
Emergency services will use the masts
The company planning to build a controversial new system of communication masts already has permission to erect about half of the network, it has emerged.
The Scottish Parliament has been urged to oppose the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) masts because of health concerns.
The Scottish Green Party has tabled a motion calling for a moratorium on the system which will serve the police and other emergency services.
But O2 Airwave has been granted planning permission for 322 of the 658 masts it plans to set up across Scotland.
The Scottish Executive has ruled that there are no health implications and therefore concerns about health do not count as a reason for councils refusing planning permission.
We cannot afford to store up potential problems with this technology as it will only come back to haunt ministers in the future
But Green MSP Mark Ruskell said siting of the masts should be halted until any possible health impact is fully investigated.
Campaigners fear the masts emit signals which could interfere with the human brain.
Mr Ruskell said: "We ask the (Scottish) Executive to not leave councils stranded high and dry on this issue but to understand and react to the concerns of the people of Scotland.
The Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP won the support of Nationalist MSP Tricia Marwick and Lib Dem Iain Smith, who said proof of the masts' safety must be provided.
However, Deputy Justice Minister Hugh Henry said evidence did not exist to justify a ban.
He said: "I would argue that if facts do exist justifying any delays, then that evidence should be brought forward.
"But to date no evidence has been produced and in the absence of such evidence it would be very difficult for those concerned to make any other decision than the ones they're currently taking."
Zahlreiche Krebserkrankungen in Polizeiwachstube
SALZBURG (APA, SN). Im Polizei-Wachzimmer des Salzburger Hauptbahnhofes gibt es eine ungewöhnliche Häufung von Krebserkrankungen. Innerhalb der vergangenen zehn Jahre sind sieben Beamte an Krebs erkrankt. Vier Todesfälle sind zu beklagen. Erst "vor zwei Wochen starb ein 40-jähriger Beamter", berichtete der Präsidialchef der Polizeidirektion Salzburg, Heinz Kitzmantel, der APA. Die Landessanitätsdirektion führt derzeit Messungen durch. Erste Untersuchungsergebnisse sollen Anfang September vorliegen.
"Das jüngste Krebsopfer war erst 27 Jahre alt", zeigte sich Polizeigewerkschafter Günther Nemetz besorgt. Die Beamten sind allerdings an unterschiedlichen Krebsarten gestorben. Sie befanden sich in einem Alter zwischen 40 und 50 Jahre. Schadstoffe wurden bereits gefunden. Ob sie mit den Krebserkrankungen in Zusammenhang gebracht werden können, steht aber noch nicht fest. "Es ist bisher noch nichts wirklich Relevantes dabei", meinte Kitzmantel.
Das Wachzimmer liegt seit ein paar Jahren am Bahnsteig 1, dort, wo sich rund hundert ÖBB-Beamte aufhalten und sich zahlreiche Büros befinden. In den Jahren zuvor war die Dienststelle neben dem Eingangsbereich der Schalterhalle am Südtirolerplatz angesiedelt. Bei den ÖBB seien keine Häufungen von Krebserkrankungen festgestellt worden, erklärte Pressesprecher Johannes Gfrerer. Die Bundesbahnen halten die Überprüfungen aber für sinnvoll und warten mit Interesse die Ergebnisse ab.
Die Messungen der Umweltmedizin konzentrierten sich bisher vor allem auf elektromagnetische Felder. Angeblich handelt es sich bei den gefundenen Schadstoffen um Handystrahlungen.
Untersucht wird aber auch nach Schadstoffen wie Asbest oder Lösungsmitteln in der alten Bausubstanz. Außerdem wird ermittelt, ob Staub, der durch den Abrieb der Gleise entsteht, die Gesundheit der Beschäftigten gefährden könnte. Die Vermutung, in den alten Trinkwasserrohren sei giftiges Blei abgelagert, dürfte sich nicht bestätigen. "Unser Wasser wird regelmäßig überprüft", betonte Gfrerer.
Die Wahrscheinlichkeit eines unmittelbaren Zusammenhangs mit den verschiedenen Krebserkrankungen hält der Leiter des arbeitsmedizinischen Dienstes, Herbert Rohn, für gering. Da die ÖBB keinen Anstieg von Krebserkrankungen festgestellt hätten, "ist damit zu rechnen, dass die Ursache nicht berufsbedingt ist". Es könnte sich um eine zufällige Häufung handeln, zog Rohn in Erwägung.
Auch psychische Ursachen der Erkrankung werden nicht außer Acht gelassen. Hinter vorgehaltener Hand heißt es, dass das Wachzimmer am Bahnhof nicht gerade das beliebteste sei und eine hohe Fluktuation an Personal herrsche.