Fire trucks 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Shortcomings in the Fire and Rescue Service, according to the State
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• There are not enough fire stations, nor are they
distributed in a way that would allow them to fulfill their mission during an
• Full manpower allocation is 1,948 positions, of which 1,381
are first responders; currently there are only 1,685 firefighters employed, of
whom 1,185 are first responders. Even if all positions were filled, the fire
services would be well below the ratio of firefighters to population found in
• There is a “serious lack of emergency
vehicles.” There are supposed to be 519, but there are only 349 currently
in use that meet the lenient standard of seeing fewer than 20 years of service.
A further 93 vehicles are in use, but do not meet that standard.
is no computerized communication system joining the different firefighting
stations, and the only means of communication for the fire services are obsolete
field radios that operate on a minimal range of frequencies, creating radio
traffic jams during emergencies.
• The firefighter training school is run
in a facility that does not enable the recruits to pass international standards
of training, and its use endangers the recruits’ lives. Although fire officials
have repeatedly warned the Interior Ministry about the state of the training
academy, no action has been taken to rectify the situation.