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Attack on firefighters shameful – McGimpsey

Friday, 15 October 2010

Public safety Minister Michael McGimpsey said today that attacks on emergency workers are putting lives in danger

Condemning yesterday’s attack on a fire crew in Antrim, the Minister said that it was completely unacceptable for anyone to assault emergency workers.

He said: “Any attack on emergency workers is absolutely shameful. Last night’s assault that resulted in a firefighter being injured and a fire appliance being damaged was disgraceful - and the cowards who carried it out put lives at risk.”

The Minister reinforced his zero tolerance approach to such attacks, saying: “Let me be clear that attacks on emergency workers will not be tolerated. Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and they should not have to face malicious attempts to stop them from doing their jobs.”

The Minister concluded: “If these attacks do not stop, there is a very real risk that lives will be lost as a result. I would ask the perpetrators of this violence to think about the consequences of their actions before engaging in this criminal behaviour.”

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