Another fire station closure due to budget cuts

Miranda fire station closure anger | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader.

SUTHERLAND Shire’s only aerial firefighting truck, which can be used to rescue people from six-storey buildings, is unavailable an average of once a month because of cost cutting.

If such an emergency occurred in the shire on one of those days, a unit would have to come from Kogarah.

The truck is based at Miranda fire station, which Labor candidate in the Miranda by-election, Barry Collier, claimed had been closed 11 times since rolling station closures started last November.


Mr Collier said, in the same period, Sutherland fire station was closed 27 times.

Fire & Rescue NSW did not dispute the figures but denied public safety was being jeopardised.

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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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