Mexican Fire Departments Suffer Worst Deficiencies in Latin America
A member of Mexico City's Heroic Fire Department takes part in a summoning to recruit new members at the Firemen's Head Office in Mexico City. (Xinhua/Rodrigo Oropeza)
Mexican firemen are the worst equipped in Latin American and they are in an ambiguous legal-administrative situation which keeps them that way, said Adolfo Benavente Duque, president of the Mexican Association of Fire Chiefs, in a meeting with federal deputies.
He said that there are 496 organizations in Mexico which provide fire services, but 318 were created on the initiative of civil or private groups, and all of them have deficiencies in salaries, equipment, regulations and budgets by the municipal, state and federal governments.
Faced with this situation, he proposed that the legislators modify Article 115 of the Constitution and include firemen as a part of the mandatory services provided by Mexican municipalities. With this reform, said the president of the AMJB, the three levels of government will be obliged to consider budgets for the fire departments.
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