Australian Firefighter Lashes out at PM After His House Burns Down

Published January 8th, 2020 - 10:03 GMT
Paul Parker pulled his fire truck over to the side of the road in Nelligen, on the NSW South Coast, to deliver the blunt message to the prime minister. (Seven)
Paul Parker pulled his fire truck over to the side of the road in Nelligen, on the NSW South Coast, to deliver the blunt message to the prime minister. (Seven)
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A volunteer firefighter who told Scott Morrison to 'get f**ked' found out his home had burnt down just moments before his impassioned outburst.

Paul Parker, from Nelligen on the New South Wales south coast, made headlines on the weekend when he was filmed shouting from his firetruck, saying: 'Tell the Prime Minister to get f**ked.'

He then collapsed to the ground from exhaustion and explained to reporters that he'd failed to save seven homes from devastating bushfires.

Mr Parker's blunt message for the Prime Minister was spurred on by finding out his house had been 'substantially damaged' by the Clyde Mountain Fire that tore through his community earlier that day. 

'As soon as the fire front passed, Paul jumped in the truck and left to go and save his neighbours' properties,' his neighbour Karla Duroy revealed to Yahoo.  

But when the brave firefighter returned to his home, he found fire had partially destroyed his home, as well as a number of other nearby properties.

Mr Parker's water tanks, fencing and outbuildings were reduced to rubble in the blaze. 

Ms Duroy said Mr Parker, who works as a tradesman when not fighting fires, then got straight back into his truck to go and save other properties.

It was then that footage captured Mr Parker telling Mr Morrison to 'get f**ked'. 

'We really enjoy doing this s**t,' he continued sarcastically before giving a thumbs-up and driving off.

Later in the footage, which has since gone viral, Mr Parker collapsed to the ground from exhaustion.

'I've lost seven houses already in Nelligen and I'm not going to lose anymore,' he told news cameras while lying next to the road.

On Monday the RFS slammed claims Mr Parker was going to be sacked from the service for his outburst at the prime minister. 

Days after the incident, an online petition emerged claiming Mr Parker 'faces dismissal' from the RFS.

While a spokesperson for the RFS confirmed Mr Parker was given time off to recover from exhaustion, dismissal rumours were denied. 

'Paul Parker has not been dismissed and nor will he be,' the spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

 

'The change.org petition is completely unfounded and we don't know where it came from.'

The hashtag #savepaul also emerged on Twitter on Sunday night.

At least 25 people have been killed in blazes across the country since the bushfire season began in October. 

NSW RFS said fires had claimed 1,588 homes and damaged 653 more in NSW, while about 200 homes have been destroyed in Victoria.

Massive bushfires burning along the NSW-Victoria border could merge to form a terrifying 'mega-blaze' this week if weather conditions deteriorate.

The Corryong fire in Victoria's northeast is less than 2km away from connecting with a 297,000-hectare blaze in NSW's Snowy Mountains region, officials have warned.

Meanwhile in Cobungra, in East Gippsland, fires are threatening to combine with those burning along the Tambo River region, north of Bairnsdale.

This week's rainfall provided a brief respite from bushfires but will start giving way to sunny weather across Victoria on Wednesday, prompting warnings for people to remain vigilant.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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