Firefighters hit out at PM over bushfire response
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’.