POLL + VIDEO: NSW Anger ‘Ghost fire stations’


FBEU members outside NSW Parliament House

FBEU members outside NSW Parliament House (Photo credit: socialistalternative)



Anger over closed fire stations

There is anger over the way fire stations are being shut to save money, with an exclusive 7News poll showing most people think it is a threat to the community.

The vast majority believe the NSW Premier has broken his promise about frontline services.

They are the lifesavers we call when we need rescuing but new research shows the Premier’s promise to support them needs salvaging.

7News Investigation: Claims continued closure of Sydney stations threatening safety of our suburbs
An exclusive 7News ReachTEL poll reveals just 14 per cent of voters believe Premier Barry O’Farrell has honoured that promise while 86 per cent are unsure or think he has failed.

“He made a promise that he would not cut frontline services,” says Jim Casey, of the Firefighters Union.

“For the last 12 months we have seen fire stations sitting empty. Pumps unable to respond. It’s a cut to frontline services however you slice that.”

Firefighters campaigned against the government at the recent Miranda by-electionand have vowed to continue.

They are angry about stations closing when a firefighter calls in sick – instead of paying replacements overtime.

Opposition leader John Robertson said: “People are rightly concerned about their own safety. This government is playing Russian roulette by closing fire stations right across NSW randomly.

More than 83 per cent believe temporarily closing fire stations is a threat to the community while less than 23 per cent support shutting stations.

Mr O’Farrell refused to discuss the alarming poll result instead leaving it to the Emergency Services Minister to explain that the Premier had not broken any of his promises.

Mike Gallacher, Emergency Services Minister, said: “In relation to that poll that you’ve done. I don’t know exactly what has caused people to give those answers that they have.”

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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.

1 Comment on POLL + VIDEO: NSW Anger ‘Ghost fire stations’

  1. Reblogged this on Justacceptit's Blog and commented:
    Shame Barry shame!


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