The Firefighters Union says the closure of fire stations because of staff shortages is becoming routine, rather than extraordinary or exceptional.
"FENZ just failed to employ enough firefighters to keep bums on seats for those trucks. And that is a ratio problem. FENZ like every employer needs to employ enough people so that there is cover for when someone's on annual leave, when they're on secondments or training," Firefighters Union spokesperson Wattie Watson told Checkpoint.
"They currently only employ 4.5 firefighters for every firefighter position. They have told us they know ... it's far too low."