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Budget cut$ force Hunter fire station closures: #FBEU

ONLY three fire stations in the Cessnock area remain open today, following the unprecedented closure of stations, firefighters say.

And in Newcastle, only five of 20 stations are unmanned, in what the firefighters’ union says is a result of state budget cuts.

Fire fighters in the area have told the Newcastle Herald only Cessnock, Weston and Kurri stations will be ‘‘online’’ for most of today, leaving two firetrucks to respond to emergencies.

Fire Brigades Employees Unions Secretary Jim Casey said the closures were exposing residents to risk and were ‘‘nothing short of a disgrace’’.

The Herald reported last month stations in the Cessnock area are increasingly being taken ‘‘offline’’ -effectively shut– because safe minimum crew levels cannot be met.

Fire and Rescue NSW blamed a shortage of oncall firefighters.

Comment is being sought from Fire and Rescue NSW today.

via Budget cuts force Hunter fire station closures: Union | Newcastle Herald.

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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