Ryde Councillor sounds the fire alarm over cost cutting | via: #FBEU #FRNSW

Maggio fuming over fire service cost cuts

Liberal Cr Roy Maggio with State Secretary of the Fire Brigade Employees Union, Jim Casey at Ryde Firestation. Ct Maggio, a liberal,at Ryde Council has come out against his own side of politics, saying that the conditions for firefighters and the community are not good enough. [Source: News Limited]

SAFETY should not be compromised for the sake of savings said Ryde Liberal councillor Roy Maggio, who has broken Liberal ranks to stand against the state government’s cuts to the fire fighting budget.

“This is not political, you have just got to open your eyes and look at what they do,” he said.

“I stand tall as a Liberal councillor but at the end of the day I’m supporting my community and the services that seem to be being discouraged,” he said.

At last night’s council meeting, Cr Maggio asked the council to write to the state government in light of the $1.485 million in funds that Ryde and other local governments each provide.

He emphasised the local community’s concerns over the $25 million in cuts over four years which has seen local stations closed temporarily to fill holes elsewhere.

“You can’t compromise the safety of our community … there needs to be more discussion, more dialogue, more compromise.,” said Cr Maggio.

“Considering the council is paying $1.485 million, the fire stations in our LGA should be equipped to look after the community to the fullest extent,” he said,

Fire Brigade Employees Union representative Jim Casey applauded the move.

“Fire protection is something the community expects, sadly, the State Government doesn’t seem prepared to compromise … now it’s going to be up to local government to take a stand and let them know our safety is not negotiable.

“What is concerning to us is that tThese budget cuts are escalating over four years – it starts with $7 million and ends with $25 million recurrent, we’re seeing serious station closures by year one. … I have no idea how they are going to make the cuts by year four.

“The only way we can see it is to shed jobs … which is the equivalent of 300 firefighters. No one voted for their fire station to be shut, no one voted for community safety to be compromised – the government needs to­ reassess this policy.”

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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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