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Firefighter’s Union slams cuts to NSW fire service funding

Union boss slams cuts to funding

A DAY after it was revealed the Rural Fire Service’s budget had been slashed, the regular fire brigade says it is also feeling the pinch.

Fire Brigades Employees Union president Darin Sullivan yesterday said $70 million in cuts to Fire and Rescue NSW would cause more stations to close.

“Essentially we’re down $70 million of a $700 million budget,” he said. “That’s what’s (caused) the station closures over the past six months.”

A spokesman for Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher said: “There has not been $70 million in cuts to the FRNSW budget. In fact, the FRNSW budget grew by $9 million last year.”

via Union boss slams cuts to funding | thetelegraph.com.au.

About Darin Sullivan (1967 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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