Fire trucks 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Public Security Ministry Director-General Ya’acov Genot called for “significant
changes” to the troubled fire services on Wednesday, during a hearing of the
Knesset Finance Committee in which MKs voted to transfer an additional NIS 357
million to the services’ budget.
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Genot, who recently began his tenure
leading the often fractious ministry, said he was working to ensure that those
changes, including the transfer of the fire services to his ministry’s auspices,
Committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) backed
up Genot’s comments, announcing that “the time has come to establish a national
fire service that is both professional and high-quality.”
But MK Shelly
Yacimovich (Labor) said that the Treasury, while allocating money to the fire
services, was also continuing “an irresponsible policy of making the transfer of
key funds dependent on harming the fire fighters and their
Yacimovich accused the Treasury of responsibility for the firing
of 81 firefighters by failing to transfer the budget for their salaries.