Government plays Russian roulette

NSW GovtRussian roulette” plan taken to cabinet 

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“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

Distributed by:

Darin Sullivan


About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 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 former 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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