Fire Cuts will threaten fire stations: FBEU

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Fire Rescue Nsw being attacked by NSW Fire Budget Cuts

Cuts will threaten fire stations: union | Illawarra Mercury.

However, Fire Brigade Employees’ Union president Darin Sullivan said the cuts would ‘‘bite’’ the Illawarra eventually.

‘‘All five [stations] are basically under threat from O’Farrell government budget cuts,’’ he said.

‘‘We know the commissioner needs to save a lot more money over the coming years so it will bite.’’

The union has said due to the policy of temporarily closing stations, the top 10 most affected Sydney stations had been closed more than 20 times each so far this year.

Mr Sullivan also said a bushfire tanker attached to Wollongong station was regularly taken offline due to budget cuts.

‘‘Any fire truck that’s not staffed in a professional fire service should be of concern,’’ he said.

‘‘The big difference here is none of these appliances were being closed under the Labor government, only since the  Liberal government came in…we started to see this rot.’’


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.

2 Comments on Fire Cuts will threaten fire stations: FBEU

  1. Alison Johnson // November 21, 2013 at 9:48 am //

    Yes and what is this bullshit about calling men in on overtime and then sending them home after 3 hours. Come on Barry O’Farrell, let me disrupt your day completely. Please find somebody elses sandpit to play in will you.


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