L-R: Paul Schroeder, CGDIS Director General; Lydie Polfer, Chairwoman of the CGDIS Board of Directors; Taina Bofferding, Minister of the Interior; Alain Becker, in charge of civil security at the Ministry of the Interior; Credit: MINT

Luxembourg's Ministry of the Interior has announced plans to create 300 new positions within the Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (Corps grand-ducal d'incendie et de secours - CGDIS).

The Minister of the Interior Taina Bofferding and representatives of the CGDIS presented the finalised national relief organisation plan (Plan National d’Organisation des Secours - PNOS) at a press conference on Tuesday, six days after its adoption by the Government Council.

The aim of this plan is to provide assistance within fifteen minutes in the event of an emergency, anywhere in the Grand Duchy. To achieve this, the CGDIS will acquire additional tools and infrastructures, since the PNOS requires greater financial and human resources to meet its target, according to the Interior Ministry. Moreover, the annual increase in contributions from municipalities (i.e. 1% of their ordinary expenditures) and the State will result in the creation of 300 new jobs at the CGDIS by 2025. 

The PNOS takes into account the observations drawn from the 67 opinions of municipalities and the association of Luxembourg cities and municipalities, Syvicol, some of which related to a lack of predictability of expenditure, the need for recognition of volunteers and a regular evaluation of the plan's objectives.

Minister Taina Bofferding reiterated that such a target can only be achieved by pooling efforts and the necessary investment in civil security.