A fire station in Sydney’s north west was closed for hours because of government funding cuts, firefighters say, just two nights after bush fires threatened homes and lives nearby.
The O’Farrell government’s $70 million cut from Fire and Rescue’s staff budget means stations that do not meet a minimum of four staff on a shift are closed rather than firefighters working overtime.
Schofields station closed on Thursday night when one crew member took injury leave, until a crew from Mona Vale arrived to cover.
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