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'FAKE': This man's accused of pretending to be a firie

BAIL CONDITIONS REFUSED: Andrew Stevenson, 32, leaving Casino Local Court yesterday after having his application to vary his bail refused. He faces numerous charges after impersonating an RFS officer.
BAIL CONDITIONS REFUSED: Andrew Stevenson, 32, leaving Casino Local Court yesterday after having his application to vary his bail refused. He faces numerous charges after impersonating an RFS officer. Andrew Stevenson

A MAN who allegedly told police he was "a director of the NSW Rural Fire Brigades" has also faced charges of impersonating a police officer and a fire fighter, a court has heard.

When police were called to Kyogle Rd at Bentley on July 28, they were confronted by 32-year-old Andrew Stevenson, who said he was conducting a burn-off.

Officers said he told them he was a director of the NSW Rural Fire Brigades and was dressed in a Rural Fire Service uniform.

Police enquiries discovered the ex-RFS truck Stevenson was driving - containing a Grafton stamped fire hose, RFS uniforms and a chainsaw - was unregistered and uninsured.

Stevenson was arrested and taken to Casino police station where he was granted strict conditional bail to reside at Iluka and report to police daily.

He was charged with setting fire to the property of another, lighting a fire without giving required notice, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, displaying an emergency services insignia and possessing unlawfully obtained goods.

Yesterday Stevenson represented himself at Casino Local Court and asked for his bail conditions to be varied so he could travel to Sydney for a week to seek legal advice.

He said he wanted to speak to his solicitor in person and asked for a month-long adjournment so he could get replies on Freedom of Information requests from the government.

"I think there is something very sus about your application to vary bail," Magistrate David Heilpern said in refusing to vary Stevenson's bail.

"It doesn't take a week to get legal advice ... there are phones and internet.

"I think you are a danger to the community."

Police bail information before the court stated Stevenson had "impersonated a police officer on a number of occasions".

"The accused has also been previously charged with having RFS insignia and equipment on his vehicle," the documents stated.

Mr Heilpern adjourned Stevenson's matters until August 24 at Casino Local Court when he must enter a plea to the charges.

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