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Firefighters' Union: Emergency NZ hasn't increased number of firefighters since 1990s

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 13 Jun 2022, 9:12am
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Firefighters' Union: Emergency NZ hasn't increased number of firefighters since 1990s

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 13 Jun 2022, 9:12am

The Professional Firefighters Union believes there's a staffing crisis in the sector.

They start strike action today, calling for better pay and staffing levels.

Strike action is largely behind the scenes and won't affect those responding to fires and other emergencies.

Union National Secretary Wattie Watson told Tim Dower volunteers and their employers are being too heavily relied on.

She says Fire and Emergency NZ hasn't increased the number of firefighters since the 1990s and don't currently employ enough to cover that level of staffing.

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