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.’’
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