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A FIREFIGHTER with 40 years experience has been axed for swearing during the Black Saturday bushfire crisis.
John Willis lost his job as captain of a Gippsland brigade for swearing on emergency radio when his crew allegedly ignored instructions and put their lives at risk, the Herald Sun reports.
At the time, the dairy farmer was battling a blaze on his property that threatened a house and burnt out 50ha of pasture.
"If I did swear, it was out of frustration, not anger. When it (a fire) is on your own dunghill, it's a different story," he said.
Lollipop man Charlie Cremona has been a happy face welcoming the children of Deer Park North Primary School in Melbourne's west for the past 18 years.
After standing in the sun, rain and wind twice daily for all those years, he was stunned when told recently he must stop “high-fiving” students and parents on his Hovell St crossing, the Brimbank Leader reports.
Brimbank General Manager of City Development Peter Collina confirmed the ban was in response to a parent’s complaint about “a number of concerns, including that of physical contact with the children”.