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Reducing firefighter attacks overseas: Israel's experience.(Firefighter Attacks)

Israel is a country in the grip of war and its firefighters really are on the frontline, suffering verbal and physical attacks from stonings, shootings, terror attacks from suicide bombers and secondary bombings aimed specifically at killing emergency service responders. They deal with situations that are far more extreme than those experienced in the UK on much less funding. So how do they cope?

Attacks on Firefighters in the UK are be coming more commonplace and this has an adverse economic effect for the fire authorities. This manifests itself through increased sickness levels, damage to Fire Service appliances and equipment, and the increased likelihood of financial claims being made against the authority by firefighters involved in such attacks.

Attacks on firefighters overseas are nothing new. In the United States, they have been dealing with this issue for a number of years, In Johannesburg, South Africa, firefighters have been stoned by locals for perceived late arrivals at incidents, thereby injuring firefighters and also preventing them from carrying out their duties.

Other countries face problems with different types of attacks to those experienced in the UK. They also deal with situations in a different manner and comparing these procedures may help determine a method of best practice Mr an increasing problem.

Israel is a country in the grip of war. Its fire-fighters regularly deal with verbal and physical attacks in the form of stonings, shootings, physical assault and terror attacks, particularly suicide bombers and secondary bombings aimed specifically at killing emergency service responders. …

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