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Fire safety concerns

Tuesday, 31st July, 2012

Station Commander Scott Parker is worried that cuts to the NSW Fire and Rescue budget could result in local staff shortages. Station Commander Scott Parker is worried that cuts to the NSW Fire and Rescue budget could result in local staff shortages.

Budget cuts could put city at risk

By Darrin Manuel

The city’s fire service could be at risk of intermittent closures and response time blowouts if the NSW Government goes ahead with plans to slash Fire and Rescue NSW’s budget.

Fire Brigade Employees Union (FBEU) President, Darin Sullivan, has predicted that some stations won’t be able to maintain safe staffing levels if the $64 million worth of cuts are made.

The FBEU said a cut in funding would leave stations unable to afford to call in replacement firefighters if staff are sick or on leave.

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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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