Public Emergency Services: Social dialogue in a changing environment

Explores employment trends and issues in the fire, police and emergency medical services. Examines conditions of employment, occupational safety and health issues, human resources planning and training and the state of social dialogue and rights at work. Covers trends mainly during the 1990s and 2000.

Particularly since the attack on the World Trade Center in New York in September 2001, increasing attention has been given to the vital role of workers in public emergency services, without whom society cannot function. This timely report looks at the employment trends, working conditions and occupational health and safety issues confronting front-line emergency workers such as firefighters, police and EMS workers in addition to examining the state of social dialogue and rights at work for this group.