Author: Magnus Aspegren
Published January 28, 2012 1:30 Updated January 31, 2012 13:35
Trelleborg. Trelleborg Police Roger Carlstrom became ill when he was working with the communications ‘Rachel’ [wireless equipment]in the service. Now he wants the Police Union to take hold of the issue.
Roger Carlstrom has been a policeman since 1987. When communications ‘Rachel’ was introduced in Scania in 2007, he had a single service, but when he went back to the external service problems started.
“I noticed it almost immediately. I got a red rash on my face,” says Roger Carlstrom.
He went to a dermatologist who said that it was rosacea, a skin disease that gives a rash, mainly on the face, and that it was hard to pinpoint its cause. In the years that followed, Roger Carlstrom maintained careful track of when and where the rash flared up. After a few hundred flare-ups in the police car he thought that the connection was obvious.
“The more traffic I was managing with Rachel, the redder I was in the face.”
The symptoms became worse when Roger Carlstrom participated in major operations in connection with football matches or demonstrations.
“When you sat in a bus with eight colleagues and everyone was wearing a portable station. This resulted in even more redness.”
At one point, he first worked alone in the car during a session. Then he had Rachel with the power off and experienced no problems at all with the rash. The last hours, Roger Carlstrom worked with a colleague who had his unit up and running. Roger Carlstrom’s skin became bright red in the face right on the side that his colleague was sitting.
Originally, Carlstrom only reacted when he used ‘Rachel,’ but his hypersensitivity became wider. He began to feel the same trouble at home and discovered that it was due to a wireless network that was running.
Last summer Roger Carlstrom substituted at the police station on Toftanäs and when he started, he had no problems with the rash. But after just a few hours, he developed severe redness of his face. He was then able to work at a distance from the police premises in Trelleborg and became better. But in autumn his discomfort returned. Roger Carlstrom discovered that there were wireless networks in the building and went around the house until he found a room where there was no network.
“Then I was fine again,” says Carlstrom.
Just before Christmas, Roger Carlstrom felt worse. Doctors discovered he had a brain tumor and he received the required surgery.
“I am 100 percent sure the skin rashes are due to radiation from ‘Rachel’ (wireless communications equipment) and I strongly suspect that it caused the tumor as well.”
Roger Carlstrom has done work injury reports because of the illnesses he suffered and now want to first of all, to help bring about a change in how portable Rachel stations are used.
“I think that the radio system that works with pulsed microwaves should be banned until it is considered how dangerous they might be.”
The fact that the radio system is mainly used in vehicles is what worries Roger Carlstrom.
“The waves bounce off the roof and back at the user with an effect that is perhaps ten times more powerful than a GSM phone,” says Roger Carlstrom.
The expansion of ‘Rachel,’ Radio Communication for Effective Leadership, started in 2005. In late 2010, the system was fully developed. The common system would replace more than 200 analog systems and tie together various agencies and organizations in the country who work with public policy, public security or public health.
Today, it is used by around 260 affiliated organizations, especially governments, municipalities, county councils and county councils. Rachel is based on so-called TETRA standard, Terrestrial Trunked Radio, which is a standard for mobile radio systems. The difference from the regular mobile network is in the signal time-sharing. Systems based on the same technology used by police and rescue services in several countries in Europe.