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The use of private firefighters and inmates could be seen as a way to avoid funding public services

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has warned that “there is good reason to fear that the growing use of private firefighters and inmates could be seen as a way to avoid funding public services at the level required to respond to climate change.”

Source: nupge.ca

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Guidelines for PSI Emergency Response Work

Natural disasters, epidemics and pandemics, war and conflict (hereafter referred to as ‘emergencies’) impose serious challenges to communities and to public service workers, especially first responders and frontline workers. These emergencies are made worse by the negative impacts of “man-made disasters” such as austerity/budget cuts, privatization, outsourcing, short staffing, and lack of regular trained staff.