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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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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