Fire­fight­ers hit out at PM over bush­fire re­sponse

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Bate­mans Bay, Aus­tralia - Aus­tralian fire­fight­ers - from top brass to weary vol­un­teers - hit out Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son’s han­dling of the bush­fire cri­sis on Sun­day.

Fire­fighter Paul Parker (57) whose tele­vi­sion tirade against Mor­ri­son has gone vi­ral Down Un­der, said he was ‘ab­so­lutely ap­palled’ by the gov­ern­ment in Can­berra and ‘par­tic­u­larly Scott Mor­ri­son’.

Parker slammed Mor­ri­son’s as­ser­tion that thou­sands of ex­hausted vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers wanted to be there, in lan­guage show­ing how raw emo­tions have be­come. He said fire­fight­ers were ‘putting their lives at risk’ to tackle the blazes. At least three fire­fight­ers have died in the field since the cri­sis be­gan in Septem­ber.

The head of the New South Wales Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice also lashed out, say­ing it was ‘very dis­ap­point­ing’ he heard through the me­dia about Mor­ri­son’s de­ci­sion to call up 3,000 mil­i­tary re­servists to help his forces.

Com­mis­sioner Shane Fitzsim­mons told 2GB ra­dio that Mor­ri­son had shown a lack of ‘fun­da­men­tal pro­fes­sional cour­tesy’ dur­ing a ‘very busy day’ say­ing the episode was ‘not good enough’.

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