Fire station cuts are a worry to union | #FRNSW #FBEU

A FIRE services union representative has criticised state government funding cuts that have often left Narellan fire station unmanned.

The Fire Brigade Employees Union Sydney south-west sub-branch secretary, Richard Neville, said cost cutting meant that fire fighters on leave were not replaced.

The remaining officers from the undermanned stations were distributed to fill gaps elsewhere while a crew, often from Concord, was brought out to man Narellan.

Mr Neville said travel time between Concord and Narellan left the station unmanned for more than an hour each way when there were vacancies. If a fire broke out during this time a crew from the surrounding areas would respond. Mr Neville said the Narellan station provided enhanced rescue services as well as filling the traditional fire and rescue roles.

Opposition Leader John Robertson said only one incident at the wrong time could lead to a tragedy.

via Fire station cuts are a worry to union | Camden Advertiser.

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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