There is good reason to fear that the growing use of private firefighters and inmates could be seen as a way to avoid funding public services at the level required to respond to climate change.
“Whether it’s their neighbours or people thousands of kilometres away, wildland firefighters recognize they have a responsibility to do what they can to help, even when it means risking their own health and safety,” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has joined with other members of the Climate Change Action Network to call on the Ontario government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
We look forward to engaging with the independent review panel to make suggestions on how to improve the province's response to these events going forward." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Government decisions to the emergency management resources contributed to the mishandling of the 2015 wildfire crisis in Saskatchewan.
The growing number of forest fires and the tragic death of a B.C. worker highlight the risks that fire fighters face. NUPGE calls for an increased federal role to recruit, train, equip and properly compensate the brave individuals who go into the woods to fight these fires.