Gun attacks on West Yorkshire fire crews condemned

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gun attacks on West Yorkshire fire crews condemned Gun attacks on West Yorkshire fire crews condemned

Firefighters across the Bradford district have been attacked with a firearm, stones and fireworks while doing their jobs.

Crews have also had a shovel and a ball-bearing gun brandished at them, been assaulted and suffered racial abuse, according to information released by West Yorkshire Fire Service.

The figures reveal that in 34 months between January, 2011, and October, 2013, firefighters were on the receiving end of 97 attacks, with varying degrees of severity, while attending or responding to emergency calls or while carrying out community safety work.

Crews from Bradford, Illingworth, Fairweather Green and Keighley stations suffered the most attacks.

In the time period, Bradford firefighters were attacked 19 times, Illingworth on 16 occasions, Fairweather Green 14 times and Keighley 13 times.

Fairweather Green suffered the worst of the attacks, with three classed as the most severe.

Two occasions were when firefighters attending an emergency call were hit with a stone by an attacker, resulting in firefighters being injured.

The third incident, while crews were doing community safety work, saw a firefighter shot with a pellet gun.

There were two incidents on the next level of severity – one of which again involved Fairweather Green and saw fire crews threatened with a BB gun.

The other, in February this year, saw firefighters at Idle station threatened with a shovel.

Some 46 of the 97 attacks were classed as the lowest level of severity and include aggressive behaviour and verbal abuse – as well as one occasion when an Odsal firefighter was racially abused.

There were 34 attacks classed as level two on the scale, which included missiles being thrown and stoning.

Level three – fireworks thrown or physical assault – saw 12 incidents. Five of them happened to Bradford firefighters.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said: “It is beyond belief that firefighters are attacked while fighting fires and trying to save lives.

“In some areas, attacking fire crews has become a recreational activity with very serious consequences.

“It cannot be part of anyone’s job to face abuse, threats or attacks.”

The FBU’s 2008 report into attacks suggested that about 40 attacks on fire crews occurred across the country every week.

The other Bradford district-serving stations and the number of attacks they suffered between January 2011 and October 2013 were: Odsal (ten); Idle (eight); Shipley (six); Stanningley (six); Morley (two); Bingley (one); Brighouse (one); and Rawdon (one).

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8:42am Mon 30 Dec 13

Cooperlane2 says...

Stoning vehicles is a "fun" hobby around the big estates..fire crews get the publicity, but many vans/HGVs get stoned and businesses have to accept things like broken windscreens as a cost.
Even if they are caught, most kids only get a verbal.
Stoning vehicles is a "fun" hobby around the big estates..fire crews get the publicity, but many vans/HGVs get stoned and businesses have to accept things like broken windscreens as a cost. Even if they are caught, most kids only get a verbal. Cooperlane2

10:13am Mon 30 Dec 13

Mish29 says...

Fire crews get the publicity because there a blue light service that are there to protect and help people !!!
Fire crews get the publicity because there a blue light service that are there to protect and help people !!! Mish29

10:54am Mon 30 Dec 13

Albion. says...

What angers me is that it's very rare (if ever) that anyone is caught and prosecuted for these disgusting offences. A good talking to or a suspended sentence is a waste of time. The judiciary should have adequate penalties at their disposal to deter these offences, and should use them unfailingly.
What angers me is that it's very rare (if ever) that anyone is caught and prosecuted for these disgusting offences. A good talking to or a suspended sentence is a waste of time. The judiciary should have adequate penalties at their disposal to deter these offences, and should use them unfailingly. Albion.

12:46pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Parz says...

Give them the power/permission to turn the hose on these "people". Possibly not the most civil solution, but it'd work a treat.
Give them the power/permission to turn the hose on these "people". Possibly not the most civil solution, but it'd work a treat. Parz

1:39pm Mon 30 Dec 13

yezboss says...

A firearm? On the streets of Bradford? Whatever next? I thought all these devices had been taken off the streets, that's what we were told that anyway.
A firearm? On the streets of Bradford? Whatever next? I thought all these devices had been taken off the streets, that's what we were told that anyway. yezboss

1:40pm Mon 30 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

The other Bradford district-serving stations and the number of attacks they suffered between January 2011 and October 2013 were: Odsal (ten); Idle (eight); Shipley (six); Stanningley (six); Morley (two); Bingley (one); Brighouse (one); and Rawdon (one).


All BNP/EDL hell-holes.

What else can be said ?
[quote]The other Bradford district-serving stations and the number of attacks they suffered between January 2011 and October 2013 were: Odsal (ten); Idle (eight); Shipley (six); Stanningley (six); Morley (two); Bingley (one); Brighouse (one); and Rawdon (one).[/quote] All BNP/EDL hell-holes. What else can be said ? The Hoffster

1:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Albion. says...

The Hoffster wrote:
The other Bradford district-serving stations and the number of attacks they suffered between January 2011 and October 2013 were: Odsal (ten); Idle (eight); Shipley (six); Stanningley (six); Morley (two); Bingley (one); Brighouse (one); and Rawdon (one).


All BNP/EDL hell-holes.

What else can be said ?
That's where they are based, there are lots of references to attacks in Manningham and Barkerend in the archives.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]The other Bradford district-serving stations and the number of attacks they suffered between January 2011 and October 2013 were: Odsal (ten); Idle (eight); Shipley (six); Stanningley (six); Morley (two); Bingley (one); Brighouse (one); and Rawdon (one).[/quote] All BNP/EDL hell-holes. What else can be said ?[/p][/quote]That's where they are based, there are lots of references to attacks in Manningham and Barkerend in the archives. Albion.

3:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

Albion. wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
The other Bradford district-serving stations and the number of attacks they suffered between January 2011 and October 2013 were: Odsal (ten); Idle (eight); Shipley (six); Stanningley (six); Morley (two); Bingley (one); Brighouse (one); and Rawdon (one).


All BNP/EDL hell-holes.

What else can be said ?
That's where they are based, there are lots of references to attacks in Manningham and Barkerend in the archives.
No doubt BNP/EDL-inspired.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]The other Bradford district-serving stations and the number of attacks they suffered between January 2011 and October 2013 were: Odsal (ten); Idle (eight); Shipley (six); Stanningley (six); Morley (two); Bingley (one); Brighouse (one); and Rawdon (one).[/quote] All BNP/EDL hell-holes. What else can be said ?[/p][/quote]That's where they are based, there are lots of references to attacks in Manningham and Barkerend in the archives.[/p][/quote]No doubt BNP/EDL-inspired. The Hoffster

3:21pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Baildon girl says...

How about threatening to boycott the hot spot areas, sure that would soon make them think twice
How about threatening to boycott the hot spot areas, sure that would soon make them think twice Baildon girl

3:35pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Baildon girl wrote:
How about threatening to boycott the hot spot areas, sure that would soon make them think twice
So innocent people burn to death?
[quote][p][bold]Baildon girl[/bold] wrote: How about threatening to boycott the hot spot areas, sure that would soon make them think twice[/p][/quote]So innocent people burn to death? Albion.

5:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Baildon girl says...

I said threaten though not actually do it and see if it had an impact
I said threaten though not actually do it and see if it had an impact Baildon girl

6:03pm Mon 30 Dec 13

The Hoffster says...

Baildon girl wrote:
How about threatening to boycott the hot spot areas, sure that would soon make them think twice
How about the residents of said areas getting together and doing something about the toe-rags (causing all the problems in the first place)?

What say you ?
[quote][p][bold]Baildon girl[/bold] wrote: How about threatening to boycott the hot spot areas, sure that would soon make them think twice[/p][/quote]How about the residents of said areas getting together and doing something about the toe-rags (causing all the problems in the first place)? What say you ? The Hoffster

6:10pm Mon 30 Dec 13

schroeder says...

Fire fighters are bunch of overgrown babies. I'm sick of them always crying over little things and going on strike all the blumming time! Just STFU, man up, and do your job!
Fire fighters are bunch of overgrown babies. I'm sick of them always crying over little things and going on strike all the blumming time! Just STFU, man up, and do your job! schroeder

4:58am Tue 31 Dec 13

Bantam999 says...

schroeder wrote:
Fire fighters are bunch of overgrown babies. I'm sick of them always crying over little things and going on strike all the blumming time! Just STFU, man up, and do your job!
Nice. May I ask what job you have, if you have one at all?
I'd like to see your reaction if a group of brick-throwing individuals targeted you whilst you were doing your work.
Try thinking before speaking in future, or is that too difficult?
[quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: Fire fighters are bunch of overgrown babies. I'm sick of them always crying over little things and going on strike all the blumming time! Just STFU, man up, and do your job![/p][/quote]Nice. May I ask what job you have, if you have one at all? I'd like to see your reaction if a group of brick-throwing individuals targeted you whilst you were doing your work. Try thinking before speaking in future, or is that too difficult? Bantam999

2:26pm Tue 31 Dec 13

trevorwilkie says...

How stupid telling Firemen to man up, I might not be fully behind the firemen's strike but one thing I would not say man up,
Its about time these thugs were caught and put away for a long time, its totally wrong for any of the service's to be attacked.
How stupid telling Firemen to man up, I might not be fully behind the firemen's strike but one thing I would not say man up, Its about time these thugs were caught and put away for a long time, its totally wrong for any of the service's to be attacked. trevorwilkie

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