‘No-one is safe’: Parkers safety gear to be scrapped
A parkers equipment company is planning to scrap its safety equipment to save money as it struggles to keep pace with the rise of the Zika virus.
The Parkers Safety Institute is to be shut down after a five-year partnership with the state of Texas was terminated due to the disease.
The state of North Carolina, which has a similar parkers program, is also expected to cut its parkers workforce in half, which is the biggest drop in the US since 2009.
The US Park and Wildlife Service said it was “committed to supporting parkers across the country to keep them safe”.
In a statement, the agency said it had been informed that Parkers had “decided to make the most difficult decision in its history”.
It said that it was reviewing the company’s finances and plans for the future.
“We believe that we can do better, but we know that it’s not going to be easy,” said Chris Pendergast, the parkers director.
“I think that’s what the American people are facing, they’re facing a big, bad decision,” he said.
He said that Parkes would be forced to find alternative funding.
“If you look at what’s happening in North Carolina … we’ve lost more people than we’ve gained,” he told ABC News.
“That’s the kind of stuff that drives people to do bad things.”