Firefighters Attacked On Bonfire Night

6 November 2016, 09:00

Fireworks

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews were faced with missiles and fireworks being thrown at them on the job.

It's traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for the fire service.

Between 4pm and midnight, staff across the country had responded to 970 incidents, including 326 bonfires and Operations controls had dealt with hundreds of calls.

SFRS Assistant Chief Officer (ACO) Lewis Ramsay, said: "Attacks on emergency responders are completely unacceptable and I am sure the public would be outraged by incidents where their firefighters have been targeted while working to protect people and property.

"Those responsible should know that the authorities take these criminal actions extremely seriously and we will work closely with police to ensure they are identified and held to account.

"We will continue our efforts to bring about a reduction in these dangerous actions by a small number of individuals.

"As an organisation we have a duty of care towards our employees and we are committed to protecting our frontline staff who work in challenging circumstances to make communities safer."

Stones were thrown at staff and vehicles in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Clydebank, Stenhousemuir, Stirling and Ardrossan.

No one was hurt.

 

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