THOMAS GEORGE BACKS RURAL FIRE SERVICE IN PARLIMENT
THOMAS GEORGE BACKS RURAL FIRE SERVICE IN PARLIMEN
“...a very proud tradition of saving lives here on the North Coast...”
11 September 2009
Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP went in to bat for local Rural Fire Service volunteers during a debate in NSW Parliament on Thursday.
Mr George was speaking against NSW Labor Government plans to incorporate the RFS into the NSW Police Force.
“Rural Fire Service volunteers have a very proud tradition of saving lives here on the North Coast, and indeed many travelled to Victoria to help fight the terrible bush fires they endured earlier this year,” Mr George said.
“They have always been and should remain an independent organisation and that is why I spoke and voted against the Government bill.”
Mr George said it was a case of yet more cost-cutting from a city-dominated Labor Government which simply didn't understand regional New South Wales.
“The Minister’s comments today would see the RFS share corporate services with the police, which would be of concern to RFS volunteers,” Mr George concluded.