The United Firefighters Union (ACT Branch) is expressing its happiness now extra crews and pumpers will be provided to cover training:
Police and Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell has approved the ACT Fire Brigade getting two extra pumpers and crews to cover fire stations when a crew is despatched for training or other non-emergency tasks during daytime hours.
The boost takes effect from November, and follows firefighter concerns that Canberra fire stations have been increasingly going off-line — being temporarily closed for minor vehicle repairs, errands, or off-site training. With no local pumper or crew, any emergency response had to come from another station, further away.
United Firefighters Union Secretary Dave Livingstone says the extra two pumpers mean that all fire stations should be fully staffed and ready to respond at all times.