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NSW Firefighters Union threaten strikes over staffing

Firefighters threaten strikes over staffing at Holmesville station – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Firefighters threaten strike over cuts

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THE union representing Hunter region firefighters is threatening industrial action over staffing changes that will see the Holmesville fire station lose its 24-hour status. 

Fire and Rescue New South Wales yesterday announced it was enhancing local firefighting with plans to build new stations at Rutherford, Lambton and Maryland, along with renovations to Cardiff station.

But the fire brigade employees union says staffing changes also announced means the brand new Holmesville station will no longer be manned at night.

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr says Holmesville firefighters are being redeployed to plug holes at other stations and describes the announcement as a disgrace.

“It’s all just about money,” he said.

“I feel really sorry for fire and rescue NSW – they can only do what they can do with the money they’ve been told they’ve got available to them.

“Clearly it’s a decision by the NSW Government and it’s just more cuts to the Hunter.”

Mr Barr says it goes against everything that demographers are telling the government about population pressures.

“Every demographer, every analyst in NSW and Australia, realises the Hunter is a growth area, you need more ability to respond to fire, not less, we need to keep stations like Holmesville open – brand new, state of the art facility, built just three years ago.”

About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
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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