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Fire department wants to put 150-foot communications tower at Cutler Bay station


Special to the Miami Herald

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department will hold a public meeting next month to discuss the proposed construction of a communications tower at Cutler Ridge Fire Station 34.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the town of Cutler Bay Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd. A discussion will take place regarding the 150-foot-tall monopole to notify adjacent property owners and anyone else wishing to attend. Engineers, fire department staff and Motorola representatives will also be there.

“Motorola has conducted some studies that indicate some shaded areas that show a lack of coverage,” said Carlos Heredia, the fire department’s Planning Section Supervisor. “This is where we are focusing the radio tower.”

The ‘narrow banding’ system will enhance radio communication between firefighters and paramedics in the field and the dispatch office. It also will enhance radio reception in buildings.

“There was some break in radio communication and sometimes you couldn’t hear during an evacuation call or someone calling in for assistance,” Heredia said. “There were some incidents where that was a problem and hopefully this will improve those issues.”

The station at 10850 SW 211th St. was selected because it cuts costs and does not impact residents in the area, according to Heredia. Heredia said that the tower will be used solely for fire rescue and is funded by the MDFR communications division operating budget through countywide general funds.

“No doubt that it will have some minor impact on the skyline, because obviously you will see it,” Heredia said. “We are in the center of a government complex. We are saving money and we felt that it would less intrusive by building it here.”

The meeting will also feature superimposed pictures of how the tower will look in the proposed location and building plans.

After the meeting, county commissioners will make a final decision before construction can begin.

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