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A NSW firefighter has delivered a blunt message to the prime minister while driving to tend to a bushfire.
The firefighter, who identified himself as Paul Parker from Nelligen on the state’s south coast, pulled over his fire truck to speak briefly with the media on Saturday, hoping they could pass on a message to Scott Morrison.
“You from the media?” Mr Parker asks the 7News crew.
“Tell the prime minister to go and get f***ed from Nelligen,” Mr Parker shouts at the camera.
“We really enjoy doing this s***,” he continues sarcastically, as seen in an extended version of the footage, before giving a thumbs-up and driving off.
Nelligen is a small village on the NSW south coast with a population of more than 300.
The village was savaged by the bushfires on Saturday and, according to the NSW RFS, the Clyde Mountain Fire has passed through Nelligen, but there may still be unburnt areas and active fires.
The RFS advises people to monitor conditions, beware of falling trees and branches, and have a plan if fire threatens.
Later Mr Parker is seen lying beside the road after he collapsed, according to 7 News.
“I’ve lost seven houses already in Nelligen and I’m not going to lose anymore,” he says, while still lying on the ground.
Before jumping in his fire truck, Mr Parker once again shared a message for the prime minister.
“Tell the PM to come and meet me – Paul Parker from Nelligen,” he said.
“Meet you any day, pal.”
It wasn’t just Mr Parker who expressed their anger at Mr Morrison, a female firefighter, fighting alongside Mr Parker, called on the prime minister to “stand down now”.
“You don’t deserve to govern, you knew this was coming, it’s been coming for a few years, you’ve been totally ignorant of it,” she said.
“Now we’re wearing your problem,” she finished before walking off.
For the most part, people were in support of Mr Parker.
One Twitter user, @jwwr, shared the four-second clip of the firefighter’s message to the prime minister and, at the time of publication, it has been viewed 1.9 million times since it was uploaded on Saturday.
“Dear Firie Guy,” one person tweeted in response to the video.
“First time I actually ever fell a little bit in love with a guy yelling out obscenities from a truck.”
“I love how they pulled up specifically to drop this piece of poetry straight down the barrel,” another person said.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Mr Morrison has been criticised for his response to the bushfires.
When he went to the fire-ravaged town of Cobargo, where three people died and countless homes and businesses were lost, locals gave him a very cool welcome.
“I'm only shaking your hand if you give more funding to our RFS (Rural Fire Service),” a woman told Mr Morrison as he grabbed her hand to shake it.
The woman was later identified as Zoey Salucci-McDermott, a 20-year-old pregnant mother.
"You won't be getting any votes down here buddy,” another Cobargo resident told the PM.
Other locals didn’t hold back.
“Nah, you're an idiot, mate. You really are,” one man told the PM.
More recently, Mr Morrison was slammed for his ‘shameless’ ad promoting the government’s response to the bushfire crisis, with the announcement of the Australian Defence Force joining firefighters on the ground.
Mr Morrison posted a tweet along with the video that said the government was “putting more defence force boots on the ground, more planes in the sky, more ships to sea” as a way to “support the bushfire fighting effort and recovery”.
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