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Economy: 6 January, 2011

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More than half of the amount that the Prime Minister promised to transfer to the firefighting services after the Carmel wildfire is conditional upon implementation of the reform of firefighting services. The proposed decision presented to the ministers said that “150 million NIS will be conveyed at a date to be determined, under the consideration of the Prime Minister and in coordination with the Minister of the Treasury and the Minister of Interior Security, “paying attention to the progress in establishing the national deployment and requirements that will be presented by the director of administration.” (Hebrew)

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Economy: 3rd December, 2010

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Israeli firefighting services are empowered to employ 1,300 firefighters – one firefighter per 7,000 residents. The average in the western world is one firefighter per 1,000 residents. The firefighters complain of old and broken equipment, inadequate supplies, low average of training and lack of coordination among bodies which are supposed to supervise and budget them. (Hebrew)

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December 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Political: 3rd November, 2010

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People in the Finance Ministry said they transferred 100 million NIS to the Ministry of the Interior, funds earmarked for the firefighting services, but the Ministry of the Interior made no use of the money. The Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, claims that 18 months ago he demanded a budget increase of 500 million NIS in order to improve the capabilities of the National Firefighting Array, According to Yishai, his office received only 70 million NIS, and it funneled them to the firefighting authorities within a month. (Hebrew)

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December 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm