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Budget cuts put local fire crews under pressure

Robert Furolo, pictured outside the Lakemba station, is concerned about the closure of fire stations, particularly over summer.CHRIS McKEEN

STAFF shortages that caused the Riverwood Fire Station to close on November 5 will be repeated unless the NSW Government lifts restrictions on Fire and Rescue NSW.

Fire Brigade Union secretary Jim Casey told The Express budget cuts were putting staff levels under pressure local stations and despite FRNSW’s best efforts to cover gaps, communities were being placed at risk.

“There is no way to dress this up. Closing fire stations compromises community safety,” Mr Casey said.

via Budget cuts put local fire crews under pressure – Emergency Services – News – Canterbury-Bankstown Express.

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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