Government plays Russian roulette
NSW Govt “Russian roulette” plan taken to cabinet
“NSW firefighters do this dangerous, demanding job because we want to keep people and property safe. That’s why we are absolutely appalled that the government would significantly reduce public safety in the name of a relatively small budget cut.“If the government goes through with this plan they will be playing dice with public safety. When you shut down up to eight stations per shift across Sydney, on most occasions you will get away with it without major damage or people getting hurt. But on some occasions you won’t be so lucky.“That’s what we mean when we say this decision is like Russian roulette. You cannot shut down eight fire stations across Sydney at any given time and expect to maintain the same level of safety. Anyone who tells you otherwise is stretching the boundaries of logic.“Any firefighter can tell you of occasions that lives or property have been saved due to the proximity of the fire station. If that fire station happens to be closed at the crucial moment, as it may be under the government’s plan, then it could well spell tragedy.”
Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (FBEU)
Thursday, 2 August 2012
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