NSW Budget Cuts delay Caltex leak fire response: Fire Union

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Cuts delayed Caltex leak response: union

The Fire Brigades Union says crews were delayed in responding to a massive spill at a Caltex plant in Sydney because of state government budget cuts.

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…

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