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The chair of the Los Angeles City Council's Public Safety Committee crushed the news that the Los Angeles Fire Department will stop releasing basic information about fires, crashes, and other emergencies.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The committee said the proposal endangers the safety of Los Angeles. Fire Chief Brian Cummings announced that the fire department would no longer release "protected health information" to the media.
"I realize that this practice will significantly impact the manner in which the department provides updates and notifications to a wide variety of stakeholders," Cummings wrote in the letter.
Councilman Mitch Englander criticized the policy saying:
"From what I've heard so far, what they're suggesting isn't reasonable. I think it, quite frankly, is a matter of public safety and is a danger," Englander said. "Location incident information to the media is critically important because if there's a major incident people want to avoid the area. In the case of evacuations or bomb threats, even major car accidents - whatever that might be, I think it's critically important to share that information with the public"
On Friday, starting at 2 p.m., a special meeting of the Public Safety Committee, devoted to fire department issues, will be held at City Hall.
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