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Call to Action on SB 431

Thursday, July 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Letter of Support Needed for Amendments Requested on
SB 431 Communications Infrastructure

In collaboration with CalChiefs and the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA), FDAC is requesting members provide letters of support for amendments to SB 431. SB 431 deals with mobile telephony service base transceiver station towers, communications infrastructure and performance reliability standards.
 
The public safety community is facing challenges we could not have predicted a year ago. Local first responders face force reductions due to the worst budget climate in more than a decade. Firefighting and evacuations will be more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dramatically complicating our efforts to respond to these unforeseen events are the now all-to-common challenge of widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which last year, impacted dozens of counties and millions of consumers.
 
We believe it is critical to prioritize backup power for emergency responder facilities; deploy all useful assets, including on-site, mobile and multiple energy technologies; and reduce the frequency, size, and duration of power shutoffs themselves, as the best way to mitigate the risks they pose. 
 
We understand that power shutoffs can be a necessary evil to prevent fires, but they should not be allowed to become an ongoing policy of choice. Power shutoffs create a downstream public safety risk, disrupting hospitals, transportation, communications and state and local public safety operations.
 
Help us to generate support for the amendments outlined in the linked letter on SB 431 Communications Infrastructure below.  We have also linked sample social media posts for your consideration, as well.  The Legislature is on recess right now, but letters can still be received.  Letters need to arrive no later than Friday, July 24, 2020.  Please send a copy of your correspondence to zagaris@wfca.com.
 
Thank you for taking action!

 

Template Letter of Support  |  Template Social Media Messages 



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