Attack on fire crew

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April 20, 2017
Attack on fire crew

TARGET: Firefighters

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services not only had their hands full fighting fires over the Easter weekend.

They also had to watch their backs as they came under fire in Vrygrond.

A fire crew was attacked and had their truck stoned when responding to a call in the area.

The attack was the second incident of its kind in the area in just over a week.

JP Smith, the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, condemned the attacks.

Smith said: “Attacks on firefighters are becoming far too commonplace. If people aren’t stoning the fire trucks, they threaten or harass the firefighters trying to get to the frontline or even cut their hoses.

“It’s unbelievable that the very people the firefighters are trying to protect are causing delays, effectively resulting in a much higher cost both to the affected community and the City.

“Residents need to realise that we are not the enemy and this type of behaviour could rob them of a potential lifesaving service.”

Fires over the Easter weekend claimed the lives of two people and an infant, and destroyed 200 structures, leaving 600 displaced.

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