Partnership to protect firefighters.(News)(Brief Article)

Cleveland Fire Brigade has agreed a protocol with the local authority to protect its firefighters who have been coming under attack while attending incidents. The innovative scheme was prompted by increasing reports of attacks on fire crews in Middlesborough.

Attacks on firefighters have escalated in recent months. with actual physical attacks becoming more common. In response to the problem Middlesborough's town wardens, who already work in co-operation with the police, will attend incidents in areas where fire crews have been attacked.

Middlesborough City Council's Mike Clarke told FIRE: "Since we began the partnership scheme two months ago we have not had any reports of violence against firefighters. …

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