For several years now, the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications (LA-RICS) Joint Powers Authority has been planning an interoperable communications program for public safety agencies in the Los Angeles region. This project included the placement of as many as 34 cell towers at LAFD fire stations and the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) made our opposition to LA-RICS well known throughout the process.
Today, we are proud to tell you that t he Los Angeles City Council took a unanimous 12 to 0 vote mandating that the LA-RICS Joint Powers Authority immediately stop all plans to construct cell towers at LAFD fire stations and reassess the project. This is a huge win for our members and the communities that we serve.
U FLAC would like to give thanks to our brothers and sisters at Los Angeles County Fire Local 1014. Their strong opposition to the LA-RICS project helped to protect our Firefighters and community by convincing the LA County Board of Supervisors to suspend the placement of cell towers on LA County fire station properties . We also give special thanks to LA City Councilman Mitch Englander, who had the courage to put forward the City of Los Angeles motion today to suspend the project in our City. Finally, we want to thank the UFLAC members who took the time to come to City Council today to support our efforts. Your presence was felt and made a tremendous difference.