Firies are hot under collar

KINGSCLIFF firefighters are seeing red after one was booked by a council ranger and others warned not to park outside their fire station - even in an emergency.

After complaints from the fire crew, Tweed Shire councillors decided to move the 'no stopping' signs on Marine Parade in front of the station, but baulked at providing specific parking for 'fire brigade business only'.

And the question of the $200 fine issued to a firefighter for parking there in a recent emergency still hangs in the air.

Yesterday, station commander Brett Gray said the council decision to move the signs would 'resolve a few issues'.

“It's certainly not a fix to the problem, but I'm grateful,” he said.

Commander Gray said specific parking for firefighters, who had to rush to the station when called for an emergency, was still needed.

He would also continue to try to have a fine 'of around $200' issued to one of his crew while attending an emergency at Cabarita Beach waived.

“Our thoughts and hopes were that we could get something similar to signs in front of the Kingscliff police station, which say something like 'police business only',” he said.

“Our fire station operates where members have to park quickly to attend incidents.”



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