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Firies’ gym gear splurge is halved

FIRE and Rescue NSW have slashed a $750,000 splurge on new gym gear after media inquiries about the expenditure amid claims that stations would have to close their doors to cope with budget cuts.

Last Monday, tender documents revealed a spend of from $500,000 to $750,000 on new gym gear for 190 “fitness rooms” at NSW fire stations – worth seven permanent fire fighters for a year.However, after inquiries by The Daily Telegraph, the tender was halved.

“FRNSW has reviewed the estimated tender price brackets previously advertised for these works, and has reduced the amounts down to between $250,000 and $375,000,” new documents said.

Supply lists include treadmills, rowers, exercise balls, skipping ropes and dumbbells.

Documents said the supplies of benches, Olympic weight plates and bars, boxing gloves, wobble boards and exercise mats would replace old gear and involve “complete fitout requests for existing or newly established fitness rooms”.

The department defended the spending last Monday – saying it was a saving of 20 per cent on gym gear.

“FRNSW Health & Safety have identified and selected a range of fitness equipment which will help to improve both the cardiovascular, strength and endurance of firefighters,” tender documents state.

via Firies’ gym gear splurge is halved | thetelegraph.com.au.

About Darin Sullivan (1968 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is 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. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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