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Stop NSW Fire Cuts before it’s too late


Stop NSW Fire Cuts – Action Centre
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As brave firies fight the worst bushfires to hit NSW in 45 years, you might be shocked to learn that the O’Farrell government has cut $70 million from the budget resulting in multiple fire station closures — putting lives at risk, just at the moment we most need protection.

“Budget cuts … over the last 10 months have meant professionally crewed fire stations in the Sutherland Shire have been closed 64 times,” says Fire Brigade Employees Union secretary Jim Casey.

Permanently staffed stations had never been closed before the O’Farrell government’s election and subsequent $70 million cuts.

“We are being hamstrung by political budget cuts making it harder for us to do that important work and potentially putting lives at risk,” Mr Casey said.

Add your name at the through the link below, and tell Barry O’Farrell: stop the cuts, support our brave firies, and put our safety first!

– See more at: http://www.act.australianunions.org.au/stop_nsw_fire_cuts#sthash.T2jrGs9r.dpuf

– See sign the online campaign and read more here

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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