Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has spoken out after its firefighters came under attack from people who were throwing fireworks.
The incident happened yesterday evening (4th November) in Speke, Merseyside.
In a statement, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said:
‘Our firefighters have come under attack by people throwing fireworks tonight as they responded to an incident in Speke – this will not be tolerated.
Crews were called to a large bonfire on Western Avenue shortly before 19:00 hours.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they were met by a large number of people who immediately started to abuse them and throw fireworks at them.
Thankfully, no firefighters were hurt during the attack.
A spokesperson for the service added:
‘Firefighters are NOT targets; they are human beings with families and loved ones waiting for them at home.
‘They go out each day and night, 24/7 365 days a year to keep you, the people of Merseyside safe.
‘They are there for you in your time of need and put their lives at risk on a daily basis – is this the thanks they get?
‘They do not deserve to be verbally and physically attacked as they carry out their duties.
‘Our firefighters are just doing their job. They are not out to ruin anyone’s fun; they are trying to keep you and your communities safe.
‘Please treat them with the respect they deserve.
‘If you or someone you know was involved in this tonight – are you proud of yourselves?
‘Please think about the person you want to be and remember that your actions have consequences.
‘If a fire engine is damaged, it will have to be taken out of service, meaning it cannot respond to other, potentially life-threatening incidents.
‘Just remember, it could be your family, your loved ones who need that fire engine.
‘An attack on firefighters is an attack on your community.
‘Respect your community. Respect your emergency services. Respect yourself’.
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