By B.N. Frank
Since 2004, The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opposed the use of their stations for cell towers and antennas until it can be proven that it won’t hurt their members. They provide pages and pages of research on their website to support their stance. Some of the research was done on firefighters themselves.
**Note: A pilot study was conducted in 2004 of six California fire fighters working and sleeping in stations with towers. The study, conducted by Gunnar Heuser, M.D., PhD. of Agoura Hills, CA, focused on neurological symptoms of six fire fighters who had been working for up to five years in stations with cell towers. Those symptoms included slowed reaction time, lack of focus, lack of impulse control, severe headaches, anesthesia-like sleep, sleep deprivation, depression, and tremors. Dr. Heuser used functional brain scans – SPECT scans – to assess any changes in the brains of the six fire fighters as compared to healthy brains of men of the same age. Computerized psychological testing known as TOVA was used to study reaction time, impulse control, and attention span. The SPECT scans revealed a pattern of abnormal change which was concentrated over a wider area than would normally be seen in brains of individuals exposed to toxic inhalation, as might be expected from fighting fires. Dr. Heuser concluded the only plausible explanation at this time would be RF radiation exposure. Additionally, the TOVA testing revealed among the six fire fighters delayed reaction time, lack of impulse control, and difficulty in maintaining mental focus.
Yikes. No wonder California firefighters fought for an ordinance to exempt their fire stations from this infrastructure.
Would Wireless Estimator take the same approach in an article about firefighters trying to protect themselves from cell tower radiation as they did with parents trying to protect their children from cell tower radiation? Probably not.
No “safe” level of wireless radiation has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women. This includes from wireless radiation from cell towers. Keep up the good work, parents!
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Wireless Information Network
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