Aharonovitch wants control of rescue services

Public security minister calls for unifying all emergency services under his command, says independent probe into Carmel fires is not necessary.

December 9, 2010 02:53
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Yitzhak Aharonovitch

Aharonovitch 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Wednesday called for all emergency services, including the beleaguered Fire and Rescue Service, to be centralized and operate under the auspices of his ministry.

“The time has come to gather all emergency services under one roof – the Public Security Ministry,” Aharonovitch said during a speech to a conference in Herzliya.

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The minister added that there was no need for a special committee of investigation into the Carmel fires. “We should simply apply the conclusions that are already on our desks,” he said, referring to the report released on Wednesday by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss on the nation’s firefighting service.

“Examination is critical... but a committee of investigation is not the way,” Aharonovitch said.

The Carmel fire disaster “shows us the real picture of what we can expect in future events, like an earthquake, a hazardous chemicals incident, a mega-terrorist attack, or war,” he said.

“The world is forming into two camps, those seeking destruction and those seeking peace. The weapons of mass destruction that could reach the hands of lunatics, overcrowding and even the global climate... are just some of the reasons why any state can find itself in a national disaster, disasters that would unfortunately be considered a success if they end ‘with only dozens of casualties,’” Aharonovitch said.

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