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Firefighters in Scotland warn against attack on crews ahead of bonfire night

IN THE lead-up to Bonfire Night, firefighters have issued a fresh appeal about the dangers caused by attacks on crews.

Scottish Fire & Rescue said there were 12 attacks on crews last year and warned that such incidents can divert police away from other emergencies.

The service’s #BangOutOfOrder campaign is now calling on public support for its staff.

Deputy assistant chief officer Alasdair Perry said: “On any night of the year an attack on crews responding to incidents is unacceptable, but to have 12 on our busiest night of the year puts everyone in danger.

“We know it’s a very small minority of people who engage in anti-social behaviour, but there’s no question it can also impact on our firefighters, operations control colleagues and our partners, too.

“If an appliance is damaged, it may not be available for other emergencies.

“It’s time to bring an end to this type of anti-social behaviour and make sure firefighters — and our emergency service partners — can do their job and keep the communities they serve safe.”