Cell Phones Disrupt Some Firefighting Radios

The proliferation of cell phones is having potentially dangerous consequences for firefighters and police officers, who in some places can't use their radios to call for help because of interference from cell signals

But Travis Larson, a spokesman for the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, the wireless industry's trade group, said reallocation would take years while the alternative would fix any problems as they pop up.

``This plan aims to eliminate public safety radio interference immediately -- within 60 days of it being reported -- while the Nextel-backed plan takes over 3 1/2 years to do the same job,'' Larson said. ``Interference is a serious problem and our police officers and firefighters deserve a serious and immediate solution.''

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