Parasite – The other side of the NSW fire disaster

#NSWFIRES and politics


Over the last week you could be forgiven for thinking that NSW was facing the apocalypse.

A State Of Emergency has been declared, there are numerous fires burning out of control, hundreds of families have lost their home, one man is dead, the suburbs of Sydney are covered in a blanket of smoke, and we are told the worst is yet to come.

As always a situation like this brings out the best and the worst in people.

The best of the best has been the extraordinary efforts of or firefighters and our emergency services crews, who as per usual have gone well past the point of merely doing their duty and have consistently exceeded all expectations.

It is not just the men and women in our emergency services crews either. Backing them up are some remarkable teams of volunteers that can be found both behind the scenes supporting emergency…

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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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