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Fire chief denies closures  | The Maitland Mercury.

The station manager was the only firefighter on the premises with one of the permanent firefighters sent to the Branxton station and the other two on leave, Unions NSW spokeswoman Mary Yaager said.

“We have spoken to local firefighters and we stand by the comments published in the Mercury on Thursday.  This situation is real, it is happening and the public will be impacted by this cost-cutting.”

Ms Yaager said the absence of a permanent crew at Maitland during business hours blew-out the response time from 60 seconds to up to 10 minutes.

Commissioner Mullins said East Maitland, Telarah and Morpeth fire stations were online to respond but acknowledged Morpeth could be temporarily closed if the station did not have a safe crew level of retained firefighters to respond.

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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