Concern rises over attacks on firefighters.(News)

The Fire Brigades' Union (FBU) has published its report Easy Targets? on the issue of attacks on firefighters. The report has amassed figures from all fire and rescue services in England andWales.

In one fire and rescue service alone, Lancashire, there were 26 in the fiscal year 2005-2006 and 38 for the following year. The figure for attacks during 2007-2008, though not incorporated in the report, was 50 attacks.

CFO Peter Holland told FIRE that this should not be interpreted necessarily to be an increase in the incidence of attacks so much as a reflection on the work done by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to encourage its staff to report incidents.

He commented: "We deplore and vigorously prosecute through the courts attacks on firefighters, often perpetrated by youths at fires they have deliberately started. …

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