O’Farrell Budget Cuts delayed Caltex leak response: Fire Union

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Cuts delayed Caltex leak response: union

.A fire station close to the Caltex oil spill was shut because of budget cuts when the incident occurred, delaying the response of emergency crews, a union says.

A clean-up operation is underway at the Banksmeadow terminal in Sydney’s south after around 130,000 litres of fuel escaped early on Friday when a valve malfunction about 1.30am (AEST) on Monday.

The closure of Botany Fire Station, just three kilometres away, meant it took emergency crews longer to get to the terminal, the Fire Brigade Employees Union (FBEU) says.

The situation was extremely dangerous and could easily have turned deadly, FBEU secretary Jim Casey said.

“When this valve failed … sparking a major emergency and forcing the implementation of a one kilometre exclusion zone, a fire station just three kilometres up the road was sitting empty because of a dangerous budget-cutting policy,” he…

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