NSW Fire Services starved as the State burns


The FBEU and NSW firefighters have been warning the community of what the Libs/Nats have been doing to fire services in NSW since they took power almost a decade ago.

We did more than that. We took numerous stop work actions and strike action over that decade to protest against the unjust laws, budgets cuts, and the stations closures they implemented along the way.

This article explains the difference between NSW and Victoria for example.

NSW fire services spent 20 per cent less than Victorian organisations on staffing and capital costs but had to respond to nearly twice the number of fires and other incidents last year.

The NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW spent $1.4 billion on staffing, capital and other costs in the 2018-19 financial year, compared to $1.8 billion by fire services in Victoria, the latest Productivity Commission report on government services, released on Wednesday (Jan 2020) , reveals.

They can’t have it both ways – they can’t cut fire services and then not face the consequences when communities are left alone and without the fire services they/we pay for when faced with a disaster. This rotten Liberal/Nat Coalition needs to go – in NSW and Federally. Stop voting LNP.

Read the full story here.

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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