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Call goes out for Maclean firies

AFTER a month of hearing nothing but job losses and funding cuts, the Clarence Valley has received a much-needed break.

Despite the NSW Fire and Rescue Department being told by the O'Farrell Government that they may have to cut $64 million from their budget over the next four years, it appears that jobs in the Valley will not be affected.

District Inspector Phil Sheedy is looking for residents from the Maclean community to join up, be a hero and do their part in keeping their community safe.

"The priority for me, as the district commander, is to find five more individuals who want to become firefighters," Insp Sheedy said.

"Tyranny of distance means you cannot shut stations in remote areas, like the Clarence, as easily because the simple fact is that people will lose their lives."

The State Government is proposing that stations be taken offline when they are understaffed.

For the Clarence that would mean the Maclean station would not always be ready for action and in the event of a fire the response team would come from Yamba.

"Maclean was considered but knocked back because of the distances from Yamba and Grafton," Insp Sheedy said.

The industrial dispute between State Government and the Firefighters Union was adjourned yesterday so that Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher could meet with the union this Thursday.

Topics:  employment, firefighters, jobs, maclean, nsw fire and rescue




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