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Skyscraper Safety Campaign responds to DOJ Radio Grant

 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 1:13 pm    Post subject: Skyscraper Safety Campaign responds to DOJ Radio Grant
From Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:00 am to Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:59 am (included)
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The Skyscraper Safety Campaign
www.SkyscraperSafety.org

For immediate release:
September 20, 2005

Contact: Glenn Corbett,
Chief Technical Advisor
201-993-2814

Sally Regenhard,
718-6717326/516-287-6203


The recently reported & highly touted $6 million Department of Justice grant for a Regional Emergency Response frequency is good news at first glance. However, it must be know that this is not a panacea for the epidemic of faulty emergency communications that firefighters and other emergency responders experience across this county to this day.

This proposed enhancement of regional communications will assist communications between upper echelon "officials", but will do little for the rank and file firefighters who must respond to locations which lack proper communications infrastructure such as skyscrapers , tunnels and subway systems in NYC and around the US.

The ability to selectively "communicate with counterparts across borders in the region" including suburban Long Island and New Jersey, will do nothing to ameliorate the breakdown in firefighter and other communications which continues to plague firefighters in incidents big and small, encountered during normal responses.

The Skyscraper Safety Campaign once again calls on Congress to hold immediate hearings on the national failure of firefighter communications and to establish a Katrina Commission to examine the role of these failures in the Gulf Coast hurricane debacle.


Sally Regenhard, Chairperson
Monica Gabrielle, Co Chair
Prof. Glenn Corbett, Chief Technical Advisor
The Skyscraper Safety Campaign
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