Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Firefighters taken to hospital after bottle and brick attack

Two firefighters were forced to attend hospital after they came under attack from a gang of youths in west Belfast.

The two injured crew members and their colleagues were pelted with bottles and bricks as they attended a call-out in the Springhill Avenue area of the city around 11pm on Saturday.

Firefighters from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were responding to reports of a car on fire. As the crew tackled the blaze, they came under attack from a group of teenagers.

Two sustained injuries that were serious enough to warrant hospital treatment.

The weekend attack has been condemned by a PSNI spokeswoman who said those responsible were “effectively attacking their own community.”

The police spokeswoman said: “The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is an essential service and therefore the life-blood of any community.

“It provides an invaluable service and deals with real difficulties to people on a daily basis. Attacks on the emergency services not only puts staff under serious risk, but also endangers the lives of the whole community. The Police Service take attacks such as these extremely seriously.”

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