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Mayor alarmed at possible fire station closures

10 Aug 2012

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon is alarmed at news of the possible closure of Hurstville, Riverwood and Mortdale fire stations.

Mayor McMahon said he was advised of the worrying news from a number of concerned residents.

“Due to the NSW Government slashing the budget, some fire stations may close across the state,” he said.

“Sadly, Hurstville, Riverwood and Mortdale could be in the firing line.

“This is a reckless decision which potentially could put our residents at risk.

“Closing down fire stations will mean fewer firefighters responding to emergencies as well as a blow out in response times as trucks are forced to travel from further out.”

Mayor McMahon said these potential closures concerned him enormously.

“It’s playing with people’s lives,” he said.

“What if we have a tragedy simply because the firefighters could not get there quick enough due to being out of the area.”

Mayor McMahon said the community’s safety is more important than the NSW Government trying to save some pennies.

“This is not the answer to its budget woes,” he said.

“The NSW Government needs to find other areas where it can cut costs that is not at the expense of our residents.

“As a father of two young children, safety is paramount.

“We should not be closing stations and cutting firefighters under any circumstances, certainly not three in the same area.”

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Media contact: 
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953


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