Union boss slams cuts to funding
- Andrew Clennell
- The Daily Telegraph
- January 12, 2013 12:00AM
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.”