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The cuts to four full time Firefighters in the Darwin rural area and the transfer of their duties to volunteers will dramatically increase response times to the region and will put lives and property at risk.
The decommissioning of the Emergency Tender in the Palmerston station will reduce the amount and type of response available to the people of Palmerston. This will be compounded by the fact the Palmerston crews will now have to respond to the rural area further reducing a response capability to Palmerston placing further pressures on the NT Fire and Rescue Service and threatening lives and property in the Northern Territory's fastest growing area.