Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service earlier on today tweeted about the fact that their firefighters have come under attack eight times in just seven days.
This shocking statistic and news will be condemned by many both inside and outside of the emergency services family.
The tweet shared on @Tyne_Wear_FRS said:
‘In the last 7 days our firefighters have been attacked – both verbally and with stones 8 times.
‘Attacks hinder us from keeping our communities safe and also risk putting emergency equipment out of action.
‘Please help to keep our crews safe’.
Just why anyone is motivated to attack these firefighters isn’t clear, but anyone caught abusing or attacking members of the fire service MUST be made to account for their ridiculous actions before a Magistrate.
The individuals carrying out these attacks would be the first to expect a firefighter to put their life on the line should they ever need rescuing from a burning building and yet the mindless thugs responsible for these attacks seem not to be able to grasp the irony of such a situation.
Hopefully, at some point, the individuals responsible will be caught and will be punished for their outrageous conduct and actions.
The contempt that some people seem to have for our emergency services is beyond comprehension. They do not deserve the bravery that is offered by our colleagues.
In the last 7 days our firefighters have been attacked – both verbally & with stones 8 times. Attacks hinder us from keeping our communities safe & also risk putting emergency equipment out of action.
Please help us to keep our crews safe. #ProtectTheProtectors #DontPlayWithFire pic.twitter.com/s5lNoAcZ1N
— Tyne and Wear FRS (@Tyne_Wear_FRS) November 2, 2018
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I believe that any twat that attacks any of the emergency services personnel in any way, shape or form (even verbally) should be an automatic jail sentence – and a decent time too, not just a couple of weeks. Unacceptable.
The Government MUST bring in TOUGHER COMPULSORY SENTENCES That Magistrates/Judges MUST impose, then these same Judges can ADD additional Prison Time & COSTS – Compensation for victims – ANY Sentence to be served in FULL PLUS they are in ADDITION to any extra time according to the severity so JAIL means JAIL as they MUST RUN CONSECTITVELY Not Concurently)