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Mona Vale fire station closed under Barry O’Farrell

Mona Vale fire station

MONA Vale fire station was closed on Tuesday and local residents were left in no doubt about its status thanks to a stark sign.

Fire and Rescue NSW says the policy of closing stations that are temporarily understaffed is meant to cut the use of firefighters being called in to plug gaps, which increases the organisation’s overtime budget.

The peninsula’s first station to close for several hours was Dee Why. It closed on November 6 and most other stations on the peninsula have since been closed on one or more occasions.

The Fire Brigade Employees’ Union has previously said the State Government is playing russian roulette with public safety by temporarily closing fire stations. Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins has said the measures were to cut excessive overtime costs.

via Mona Vale fire station closed as spot closure ease overtime costs | thetelegraph.com.au.

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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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