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Petition to Keep Our Fire Stations Open in NSW

Keep Our Fire Stations Open

Target: Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The Hon. Michael GALLACHER, MP
Region: Australia

Petition Background (Preamble):

The NSW government is planning to close up to 8 fire stations at any one time across Sydney and even more in the regional areas of the state expanding a program that is already threatening lives of our families and friends. The Government claims that “sick leave” taken by fire fighters is the driving cause of what they call an overtime blowout. Fire Fighters [by calculations which account for extra long shifts 10 – 14 hrs] on average take only 16 hrs more sick leave per year than other “office based” Public Servants. When you consider that there are a range of Illnesses and Injuries that you can still attend an office job but not a fire station, this small difference over a year seems insignificant doesn’t it?So under this plan your local fire station may be closed and you may have to rely on Fire Fighters attending from further away…. I can tell you that waiting for a fire engine when your house is on fire is an uncomfortable feeling; an extended wait would be heart breaking… to say the least.

The break down of saving goes like this……
Each $1mil cut from the Fire Brigade budget saves the Govt $146,000 the remaining saving goes to :-
Local Councils $117,000
Insurance Companies $737,000

So if the Govt. achieves it’s target of saving $64,000,000 over the next few years this equates to a saving of :-
$9,344,000 for the Government
and a saving of …. wait for it….
$47,168,000 for the INSURANCE COMPANIES.

Petition:

We, the undersigned, call on the Government of NSW to permanently abandon the practice and all plans to close [TOL] any fire station in the state of New South Wales whether the proposed closures are temporary [ie Temporarily Off Line – TOL] or permanent.

The Keep Our Fire Stations Open petition to Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The Hon. Michael GALLACHER, MP was written by Jeff Sundstrom and is in the category Government at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: , , , , ,

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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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