#FRNSW Fire stations must reopen thanks to #FBEU

Fire stations must reopen | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader.

Miranda and Riverwood fire stations were forced to shut on Monday night after minimum safe crewing levels were not met due to firefighters taking sick or other unplanned leave.

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson said the government had put cost cutting before the safety of families.

“The O’Farrell government’s decision to close fire stations at Riverwood and Miranda to cut costs on Monday night put community safety at risk,” he said.

“If there had been a serious fire in the local area when those stations were closed, lives and property could have been put at risk.”

Former Hurstville mayor Steve McMahon said closing fire stations in the lead up to summer was madness.

The Fire Brigade Employees Union and Fire and Rescue NSW will reappear before the Industrial Relations Commission on December 4.

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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