Australia bushfires: Rural Fire Service asks angry firefighter to 'take a break'

The New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service (RFS) has asked a firefighter to "take a break" following heavy fatigue and an incident where he told Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to "get f**ked".

Paul Parker gave the expletive-ridden message to Morrison when he faced up to a 7News camera on Sunday.

"Tell the Prime Minister to go and get f**ked, from Nelligen," he said. Nelligen is a village on the south coast of NSW.

Parker was later seen collapsed in a heap on a roadside, and further criticised Morrison by saying he fights fires for his local community and the people of Australia.

"That's what I do it for. I don't do it for you Scott Morrison."

Morrison had previously claimed firefighters "wanted to be out there" fighting the bushfires.

After the video circulated online, a petition was created that claimed Parker was facing dismissal from the RFS.

It has currently received over 53,000 signatures and has a goal of reaching 75,000.

However, an RFS spokesperson has been forced to deny the claim of dismissal and told 7News that Parker has instead "been asked to take a break".

"It was for his own welfare that he was asked to take a break [from firefighting]," the spokesperson said, citing fatigue as the believed reason.

The spokesperson claimed the comments Parker made towards Morrison weren't a factor in him taking a break.

The bushfires have been raging since September and there are currently 139 fires burning in NSW. The national death toll for this fire season stands at 24.

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