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Emergency services demand reforms after elections

09.09.2013 From our online archive
At a joint press conference on Monday, the Firefighters' Association and “Protection Civile” urged the government to implement emergency services reforms as soon as possible after the elections.

(ADW) At a joint press conference on Monday, the Firefighters' Association and “Protection Civile” urged the government to implement emergency services reforms as soon as possible after the elections.

"We need a legal framework as quickly as possible,” stated the panel spokesman Roland Disiviscour.

The reforms outline the merger of Luxembourg's Fire Department and the Protection Civile.

Representatives of both organisations extended their expected timeline for changes which they believe to be obtainable.

"We think that the reforms can be implemented by 2018 at the earliest," said the President of the Firefighters' Association, Marc Mamer. "By then, the 'Centre national d'incencie et de secours' (National fire and emergency centre) at the Gluck roundabout will be completed."

However, the merging of the two organisations into one is not enough as they both believe that more training, modernisation in technology, more recognition of voluntary work and increased professionalism are needed.

Citizens' welfare at stake

"This reform goes in the right direction” agreed the press conference spokesmen on Monday at the Firefighters' Association headquarters. “We must, regardless of who the next government will be, urgently reach a conclusion. Ultimately this relates to the welfare of citizens."