Is this the future of the Emergency Services in the UK?
"A NORTH-East fire service will be “privatised” next year, under Government plans - after ministers decided to fast-track the controversial move. The shake-up of Cleveland Fire Authority (CFA) - to allow private firms to bid to run its services - would be carried out by 2014, under a fresh proposal to be rushed through parliament. The fast-track comes as a letter by a Government minister has laid bare, for the first time, the full impact of creating a public service mutual (PSM), in Cleveland. Long-standing legislation to prevent the creation of privately-run fire brigades would be repealed – allowing firms to answer emergencies, enter premises and make a profit" ....cont