The Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (FBEU) has said today that NSW professional firefighters have not signed up for people to die in bushfires, and have called for at least 400 more firefighters in New South Wales.
They say this is the number needed to meet the everyday work FRNSW does (as this service has fewer firefighters now than in 2011) and does not deal with the resources needed to address the current and future bushfire crisis. Three more FRNSW trucks were lost in an overrun at the South Coast this new year, from an ageing fleet.
In response to Premier Berejiklian’s statement that communities needed to prepare for the possibility of more fatalities, State Secretary of FBEU Leighton Drury says communities and Fire Rescue New South Wales did not sign up for more fatalities.
‘We didn’t sign up to just accept people will die. Our communities didn’t sign up for that.’ he said.
‘It’s simple. We need the Premier to announce more firefighters. That’s what the people of New South Wales want and need. We signed up to serve. Let us do that, and give us more firefighters to do it with.’
‘We urgently need at least 400 more firefighters to fight blazes across the state and protect at-risk communities.’