Monday, April 22, 2002

Firefighters want portable radiation detectors

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — The city's firefighters could become the first in Ohio to use pocket-size radiation detectors instead of bulkier Geiger counters to help determine whether they have encountered radioactive material.

        Fire officials have proposed buying about 55 radiation pagers manufactured by Sensor Technology Engineering of Santa Barbara, Calif. They cost $1,750 each.

        Although an encounter with dangerous radioactive material is unlikely, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have made the possibility of encountering radiation less far-fetched.

        Without a detection device, “We have no idea if we or the citizens out there are being exposed,” fire Battalion Chief Mike Foote said.


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