Firefighters report being threatened, intimidated and abused, and being pelted with bricks, bottles, and stones as they fight fires. Other incidents include ambushes, booby traps and being attacked with lumps of wood, knives and a petrol bomb.
The FBU is campaigning for a national strategy to tackle attacks on firefighters:
Competent collection of standardised statistics on attacks.
Training provided for fire crews.
Public awareness advertising campaigns to challenge attacks on firefighters.
Fully trained and fast police response.
No further extension of CCTV.
Funding for initiatives with schools and the community.
The Easy Targets report sets out the research behind the FBU’s demands.
The Attacks on Firefighters report outlines earlier research on this problem.
22nd November 2010