July 18, 2014

Four full-time firefighters were left stranded in Concord Fire Station, unable to respond to a major fire at a boarding house just two kilometres away, after a budget-saving measure left them without access to a firetruck.

 

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October 2, 2013

Tanker tragedy another near miss as NSW Government’s “Russian roulette” emergency services budget cuts bite

Five fire stations across Sydney were temporarily shut when an out-of-control fuel tanker crashed and exploded on Mona Vale Road at 3.40pm yesterday, killing two people and injuring at least five others, according to the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union. Read more…

September 11, 2013

Decision to open all Sydney fire stations today welcome, but budget cuts must be reversed ahead of fire season

Every fire station in Sydney is fully staffed and operational today, in a welcome response to the challenges posed by yesterday’s bushfire emergency that took hold as budget cuts saw five fire stations temporarily closed. Read more…

September 11, 2013

Firefighters remember the sacrifice of emergency service workers on anniversary of September 11

On the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, Australian firefighters have honoured the ultimate sacrifice made by the 412 emergency workers killed when the twin towers collapsed. Read more…

September 10, 2013

Bushfires expose O’Farrell Government budget cuts:

Off-duty crews called-in due to five stations being closed

NSW Government budget cuts have meant that when today’s bushfire emergency hit, five Sydney fire stations were closed, and resources had already been diverted from four others. Read more…

July 12, 2013

Budget cuts resulted in Botany Fire Station being closed during major fuel leak incident at Caltex Oil Terminal

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April 19, 2012

Firefighters back SARAH Group to strengthen road safety around accidents

The Fire Brigade Employees’ Union has backed a family-led campaign to strengthen road safety around breakdown sites, following two tragic and unnecessary deaths on the Hume Highway in February. Read more…

October 21, 2011

MANAGEMENT RENEGES ON AGREEMENT, CLOSES FIRE STATIONS ACROSS THE STATE

The union representing professional fire fighters is desperately trying to hold Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to an existing agreement providing light duties positions for injured firefighters who are unable to perform operational duties.

Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (FBEU) NSW Secretary Jim Casey said FRNSW management seemed determined to force an industrial dispute, upping the ante overnight by closing 25 fire stations across the state rather than pay fire fighters overtime to keep them open.  Read more…

September 15, 2011

FIRIES CALL ON NSW GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE FIRST RATE PROTECTION

The Fire Brigade Employees’ Union has called on the NSW Government to ensure firefighters who develop cancer through work are properly looked after.

The Commonwealth is today expected to release a committee report endorsing the principle of a ‘reverse onus of proof’ – meaning Commonwealth employed firefighters who develop cancer would have greater protection and support. Read more…

September 8, 2011

Hundreds of professional firefighters will take strike action tomorrow across Sydney in protest at State Government plans to slash public sector wages and conditions. Read more…

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