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Privatisation of the Fire Service - the future or just another austerity measure?

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 Long-standing legislation to prevent the creation of privately-run fire brigades would be repealed – allowing firms to answer emergencies, enter premises and make a profit" ....cont

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