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Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade [Video]

Australian PM responds to firefighter's viral tirade

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday he was pleased that volunteer firefighter Paul Parker had not been dismissed following his viral tirade against the prime minister himself. Emer..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

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NSW RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons to head up new disaster and recovery agency

The man who led NSW's response to the summer bushfire hell, Shane Fitzsimons, has been appointed to an agency to rebuild the state.
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RFS bushfire command control transformed into coronavirus war room

The ground zero of NSW’s bushfire emergency response has been commandeered to wage the state government’s war against COVID-19.
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For the first time in 240 days, there are no active bush or grass fires in NSW

The NSW Rural Fire Service has marked the end of 240 days of fire activity in the state.
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Emergency service members let their hair down during Sydney's Mardi Gras parade

Members of the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and Fire and Rescue NSW have taken part in the Mardi Gras celebrations to the roar of thousands.
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New bill will seek to change how RFS can spend $51 million raised by Celeste Barber

A bill to amend the Rural Fires Act will be introduced to NSW Parliament by the Greens on Wednesday, seeking to change the way donations to the RFS and Brigades Donations Fund can be used.
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RFS to seek court advice to unlock $51 million raised by Celeste Barber

The NSW Rural Fire Service will ask the Supreme Court for directions on how it can spend $51 million raised for the bushfire appeal by comedian Celeste Barber.
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Committed, strong and wronged: RFS needs to show more love to Nelligan's knockabout hero

Circumstance has made Parker the face of the volunteer fire-fighter, but confusion reigns over his fate.
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Firefighter insists he was sacked for anti-PM rant after NSW RFS denies claim

The NSW Rural Fire Service has refuted the claims of a former volunteer who said he was let go after he told the prime minister to "get f**ked" while on duty.
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Check before donating to charities fronted by celebrities, experts warn

Experts say there is no easy solution to resolving concerns over how the NSW Rural Fire Service can spend more than $50 million in donations.
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Celeste Barber's $52 million bushfire fund stalls

NSW Rural Fire Service rules prevent donations being used on families and charities, locking up the $52 million raised by Australian comedian Celeste Barber.
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NSW bushfires contained after week of rain

The NSW RFS says it is officially moving into recovery mode after declaring all the fires in the state are contained for the first time this season.
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For the first time this season, all bushfires in NSW are now contained

All bush and grass fires across NSW are now contained for the first time since the bushfire season began, the Rural Fire Service says.
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NSW South Coast fire finally out after burning for 74 days across 499,621 hectares

The Currowan Fire, which burnt for 74 days and across 499,621 hectares, destroying 312 homes, has been extinguished, the RFS has confirmed.
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NSW bushfire conditions are 'deteriorating', RFS warns as five blazes burn

A key highway is closed and NSW homes are under threat as fast-moving bushfires spread under hot temperatures and gusty winds.
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Six NSW RFS firefighters suffer minor injuries after water tanker rolls

Another NSW Rural Fire Service truck has flipped with the six firefighters inside taken to hospital with minor injuries.
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Live stream: The NSW RFS is providing a fire update

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is speaking live.
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Duty, camaraderie, tradition - what drives urban RFS members?

What makes a person from the burbs bolt towards a raging fire as everyone else flees?
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Exclusive: Tens of thousands rush to become volunteer firefighters amid bushfires

The NSW Rural Fire Service has received more than five times its usual amount of annual enquiries in less than three months, as fire services in Victoria and South Australia also report an increase in..
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‘The RFS abandoned our village’: Balmoral laments lack of action

Balmoral RFS captain Brendan O’Connor blames an over-reliance on computer modelling and failure to take on local knowledge for the destruction of his village.
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'No clock-off, some days you get no sleep': What it’s like being an RFS firefighter on the frontline

The Capertee RFS Brigade is on the frontline, battling one of the country’s largest bushfires. This is what it’s like being a firey as Australia suffers through a horrific bushfire season.
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Obsolete technology is blinding the Rural Fire Service

It is time to update communication and computing equipment and bring the Rural Fire Service into the digital age.
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More than 770 homes destroyed in eight days as bushfires ravage NSW

The RFS said that of the 1687 homes lost across the state, 771 have been destroyed since January 1.
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Hazard reduction not a panacea, RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons says

The NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner has weighed in on hazard reduction, saying the single biggest impediment to completing burns is weather.
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Hazard reduction burns are 'not the panacea': RFS boss

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has defended the RFS' record on hazard reduction burning, saying the agency was not comprised of "environmental bastards".
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Buddhist monks offer RFS volunteers free massages to reduce stress

The gesture reflects the ongoing appreciation Thai people have for Australia following the rescue of 12 young boys in a cave in 2018.
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Teenager among 180 people facing legal action over lighting fires

A RFS volunteer is facing seven charges in connection with the lighting of fires. This fire season, police have taken legal action against nearly 200 hundred people over deliberately lit bushfires.
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'Significant damage and destruction': NSW counts the latest bushfire cost

The NSW Rural Fire Service has received reports of "significant damage and destruction" from the state's bushfires.
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Properties losses reported in NSW fires

The NSW Rural Fire Service has received reports of "significant damage and destruction" from the state's bushfires.
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New bushfire sweeps through Southern Highlands, destroying homes

The spread of the fire was far greater than what the RFS had predicted under its worst-case mapping scenario.
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RFS chief urges federal government to lock-in funding for aerial firefighting

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Fire chief says budget for aerial resources needs to be 'locked-in' as Australian burns

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Set budget urged for aerial fire fleet

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Concern bushfires could break into suburban western Sydney

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says there is a chance a massive bushfire could break out and move into suburban parts of western Sydney.
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Fire fleet needs set budget: commissioner

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says a case for a budget increase to the national aerial firefighting fleet has been with Canberra for 18 months.
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Major concern NSW fires could break into Sydney suburbs

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says there is a chance a massive bushfire could break out and move into suburban parts of western Sydney.
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'Not defendable': Fire crews order complete evacuation of NSW town

The RFS has warned the 1300-person town of Batlow in NSW "will not be defendable," ordering a complete evacuation before the fire is expected to hit on Friday.
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RFS deems 1300-strong NSW town "not defendable" ahead of Friday fires

The RFS has warned the 1300-person town of Batlow in NSW "will not be defendable", ordering a complete evacuation before the fire is expected to hit on Friday.
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Watch: NSW RFS update on bushfires

For a full wrap and analysis of national and international news, tune into SBS World News every night at 6.30pm (AEST).
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'Just heartbreaking': NSW volunteer firefighter killed while battling blaze near Victorian border

Two other firefighters have suffered burns after the truck they were travelling in rolled, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service confirmed.
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NSW RFS boss certain 'the volunteers don't want payment'

The head of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service has hit back at the body representing the state's volunteer firefighters, rejecting a move for members to be compensated after weeks of toil.
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'The volunteers don't want payment': NSW RFS boss lashes Volunteer Fire Fighters Association

The head of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service has hit back at the body representing the state's volunteer firefighters, rejecting a move for members to be compensated after weeks of toil.
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'Not the day to start your holiday': Holiday-makers urged to delay travel as NSW faces catastrophic fire conditions

The NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
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Homes at threat as NSW once again faces catastrophic fire conditions

The NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
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More NSW homes under threat from bushfires

The NSW RFS and police have urged people not to travel on Saturday amid catastrophic fire danger forecast for the state.
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'Mum, I need a hug' ... a proud parent's tribute to her firefighter son

As 20 homes burned and three firefighters were injured on Thursday, one mother writes about of her son, a 20-year-old RFS volunteer.
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This is what firefighters are dealing with in the Blue Mountains

Firefighters are battling huge flames in the Blue Mountains National Park. RFS volunteers Andrew Mitchell and Chrys Maoudis shared this vision of the Cottage Point Rural Fire Brigade tackling bushfires..
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NSW bushfire crisis: 20 properties destroyed in fire started by backburning, RFS confirms

At least 20 buildings have been damaged or destroyed in a bushfire on Sydney's outskirts that was started by a backburning operation.
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Sydney set for a smoky Sunday, with temperatures of 40C predicted for week ahead

Bushfire smoke will again settle across the Sydney Basin, the RFS says, and temperatures are forecast to hit the high 40s in some parts of NSW later this week.
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