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.