Fire­fighter abuse up

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

AT­TACKS on fire­fight­ers do­ing their job have in­creased by a quar­ter in the past year, ac­cord­ing to their trade union.

The Fire Bri­gades Union said there were 933 in­ci­dents in­volv­ing an at­tack on fire­fight­ers in Eng­land, an in­crease of 194 on the pre­vi­ous year.

The union also high­lighted fig­ures show­ing the loss of 500 fire­fight­ing jobs in Eng­land in the last year, say­ing it is tak­ing fire crews 30 sec­onds longer to reach call­outs com­pared with 2010.

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