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Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (FBEU)

 

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MEDIA RELEASE

Sunday, July 29 2012 

 

 

Temporary closures – coming to a fire station near you

 

Communities across the State will have no idea if their local fire station is staffed at any given time once the State Government pushes ahead with budget-induced temporary fire station closures.

 

The Fire Brigade Employees Union has vowed to fight the closures and will ensure that the community is made aware every time lives and property are at risk due to closures.

 

The policy has been forced on Fire and Rescue NSW by the Government’s $70 million budget cut.

 

“This Government is so determined to push ahead with these budget cuts it’s prepared to risk lives and property at any time, in any place,” FBEU Secretary, Jim Casey said.

 

“Make no mistake, everyone is exposed and anyone could be at risk.

 

“In many cases, firefighter response times will be slower. In some cases, buildings will be too far gone for firefighters to safely enter.

 

“Is this the type of fire service the people of NSW want?

 

“The sad reality for our members is that they will be the ones who deal with grief and trauma on the frontlines as lives and property are threatened, not politicians in Macquarie Street.

 

“The Government needs to abandon this ill conceived and dangerous policy immediately.”

 

Further comment: Jim Casey 0419 267 555 or State President Darin Sullivan on 0422 436 044

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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