Due to a new vaccine mandate, a triple-vaccinated Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer will be leaving soon.
Adam has been a volunteer firefighter with the New South Wales RFS for 33 years, 20 of which he spent as a captain, but he may shortly be fired for failing to disclose his vaccination status.
The NSW RFS declared on February 14 that all volunteers would need to show proof of vaccination, making it the final emergency agency to do so.
Adam is triple-vaccinated, but he told 2GB on Monday that he believes the RFS is overstepping its bounds by requesting medical information from volunteers.
‘At what point do we say enough, no more? The government has been managing our lives for the last two years and at what point do you say hold on, I’ve had enough of this,’ he said.
‘I have a document in front of me from the commissioner, and it said only 29 percent of volunteers have responded so far.
‘I don’t work for the commissioner, I work for the people of New South Wales.’
Adam went on to say that he didn’t understand why a voluntary requirement was necessary, given that government figures show that about 95% of those aged 16 and up have got two vaccine doses.
In June, Adam said, he’ll be transferred to the reserve list, which means he won’t be able to react to emergency calls.