in a country with 44% unemployment, privatisation is life or death for firefighters, as, of course, private ownership means everyone's expendable. firefighting is a public service, and private companies will only lead to a two-tier system as in education, schooling, etc. i agree this just isn't right, but good to see the firemen giving as good as they got. police didn't seem to know what to do, practically turning on their own. i'd like to see how well they get on without batons and sticks. firemen rule, ola!