Attacks on firefighters increasing

Firefighters are being subjected to an increasing number of violent attacks despite Government claims to the contrary, new figures show.

Crews are regularly being spat on and pelted with bricks, bottles, burning wood and stones as they try to save lives across England and Wales. The Fire Brigades Union has revealed that assaults increased by 15 per cent last year, although government statistics show a fall of 68 per cent.

Figures obtained by the union under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the number of attacks increased from 1,300 in 2006 to 1,500 in 2007, while official data showed a drop from 1,300 to 400.

Attacks on firefighters rising, says union (Daily Telegraph, 11 February 2008)