Has the EU forgotten about firefighters and emergency services?

EPSU report to highlight the need to invest in emergency services to adapt to climate change
EPSU report to highlight the need to invest in emergency services to adapt to climate change

(12 November 2021)  As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission launched in February 2021 a new strategy on adaptation to climate change. The objective is to make the European Union a climate-resilient society, fully adapted to climate change by 2050.

However, in the new Adaptation strategy, there is no sign of any proposals for protecting emergency services from the devastating climate change’s effects they will face.

Without the needed investment of public services job losses will be up to 90 000 in emergency and other public services by 2050. Currently these last sectors account for 16% of EU employment.

In that sense EPSU is taken the advantage of the debates around COP26 to publish this brief report to highlight the need to invest in emergency services to adapt to climate change.

You can read the brief report here.