RFS reaches out to volunteer firefighter after denying he was sacked for swearing at the PM
The NSW RFS has denied reports a volunteer firefighter was sacked after criticising the Prime Minister during the bushfire crisis.
Paul Parker claims the RFS fired him after he told Scott Morrison to “get f**ked” in a viral video.
— Stig Martyr (@StigMartyr) January 5, 2020
“Didn’t know you could get sacked from a volunteer organisation but apparently you can,” he told The Project.
But the RFS says Paul is still a member.
The NSW RFS is aware of reports concerning the status of volunteer member Paul Parker from the Nelligen area.
We can confirm Paul remains a member of the NSW RFS and has not been dismissed. #NSWRFS
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 16, 2020
NSW RFS deputy commissioner rob rogers tells Ben Fordham they have been trying to reach Paul.
“There was an attempt made to contact him today, just to check where that came from.
“Fairly shortly after the actual incident, he was contacted.”
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Many have stood by Paul, outraged at the suggestion a volunteer firefighter was let go for voicing his opinion.
Just wanted to say that the firing of Paul goes against disciplinary policies of the rfs, and Australian standards of workplace disciplinary action.
Its also bullshit that a hero who put his life on the line should be fired for this. #IStandWithFiremanPaul
— Taylor Carriage (@clamps993) February 16, 2020
It appears Paul Parker has been denied due process by the RFS.
The RFS has an extensive discipline & appeal procedure that was NOT adhered to by the management of Nelligen/Batemans Bay Brigades
— 💧🔥🐨Bee🐝 (@BelindaJones68) February 16, 2020
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