RFS Jobs to go in NSW as fire risk flares up |

THE Rural Fire Service (RFS) is set to axe up to 120 jobs – one in eight positions – under state government budget cuts.

In a leaked message to staff, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has called for voluntary redundancies by today.

Opposition Leader John Robertson said the cuts were happening as a “horror fire season” was looming, and posed a huge risk to those who lived near bushland.

“This is the worst time to be making cuts and restructuring the RFS, with high fuel loads and forecast hot, dry weather expected to combine this summer,” he said.


The RFS has more than 900 employees and 70,000 volunteers. The Opposition claims the service has been told to save $12 million this year.

Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher said after 16 years of “Labor mismanagement” the state government had to act.

“All government agencies have been asked to reduce its employee-related costs,” he said. “I have been assured that the restructure will not affect frontline services that support the thousands of volunteer rural firefighters.”




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.

2 Comments on RFS Jobs to go in NSW as fire risk flares up |

  1. matt Grootenboer // August 27, 2012 at 9:47 am //

    “I’ve been assured that budget cuts won’t effect frontline services”? Fitzsimmons and Mullins are clearly the fall guys for the Barry O and Gallagher slash and burn. This will effect frontline services they know it and they are already shifting the blame.


  2. Very true. I think everyone is going to realise soon enough why we are trying desperately to save jobs. Firies just don;t believe we are under serious attack.


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