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Alarm raised on Darlinghurst Fire Station budget cutbacks | #FBEU

AN inner-east fire station was left under-resourced and under-staffed yesterday when one of its trucks was sent to Sydney’s south west, a move which the firefighters’ union has blamed on the state government’s budget cuts.

Darlinghurst Fire Station’s aerial ladder truck and its two crew members were sent to St Andrews, 50km southwest of the CBD, because of “staff absences”.

The move left Darlinghurst Fire Station with only one fire engine and four crew members until 6pm.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokeswoman said aerial ladder platforms at the City of Sydney, Glebe and Woollahra fire stations were available to respond to high-rise or factory fires within standard response times.

She said up to 20 Sydney fire stations can be offline on any given day without compromising community safety.

Fire Brigade Employees’ Union state secretary Jim Casey said the closure of stations due to budget cuts had forced Fire and Rescue to reallocate resources.

He said these movements would have a “disproportionate impact on the inner city”, which is often seen as well-resourced.

“The point is, today it’s the ladder truck, tomorrow it could be the fire engine and the day after that it could be both,” he said.

via Alarm raised on Darlinghurst Fire Station cutbacks – Emergency Services – News – Wentworth Courier.

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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.

1 Comment on Alarm raised on Darlinghurst Fire Station budget cutbacks | #FBEU

  1. Somebody tell Clover Moore, she pays for the ladder platform to be there.

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