Warning over threat to fire crew security after riots
11 August 2011
Posted by Samuel Couratin
More needs to be done to improve the security of fire crews attending incidents in the UK.
This is the claim that has been made by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the wake of the riots and looting that swept through a number of cities in England.
According to the organization's Assistant General Secretary, Andy Dark, attacks on crews could result in deaths unless action is taken.
He also noted that response times are affected by violence, increasing the risk of harm to individuals who may be trapped by fires.
"Fire crews are doing their best in the face of great risk to themselves," he warned, adding "there have been attempts to steal life saving equipment" and attacks on FBU members as they attend incidents.
In a further response to the civil disturbances, the FBU urged politicians to comment on proposed cuts to the fire service, after houses and businesses were set alight by rioters.