Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (FBEU)
Tuesday 14 August 2012
System failure: resignation of FRNSW Captain the shape of things to come
The resignation of an experienced fire fighting Captain in Coonamble earlier this month over fears state government budget cuts to Fire and Rescue NSW would cost lives, is the shape of things to come for regional NSW, the Fire Brigade Employees Union (FBEU) said today.
FBEU State President Darin Sullivan today saluted the courage of Mr. Kent Morley as an inspiration to fire fighters across the state which illustrated how seriously the threat of the impending “Russian Roulette” station closures was being taken by the union’s membership.
“The state of fire protection in regional NSW is already very dire. Our membership in the regions are despairing that these budget cuts will further retard fire fighting capacity.”
“Captain Kent Morley has taken a very principled position with his resignation, basically making it clear that he wants no part in the deliberate degrading of fire protection in the state.”
“Sadly, regional NSW can probably expect more resignations when these cuts come through.”
Mr. Sullivan said the resignation of Mr. Morley was a challenge to regional Government MPs to stand up for the bush.
“On this issue, National Party MPs need to make a decision; are they going to stand up for their communities or are they going to toe the Macquarie Street line?”
Further comment: FBEU State President Darin Sullivan on 0422 436 044
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