Fire and rescue vehicle stoned

2017-01-26 06:02
This fire engine was pelted with stones at Crossroads on Monday night.

This fire engine was pelted with stones at Crossroads on Monday night.

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Firefighters were called to the kasi to put out a fire, but were met with violence when they got to the scene.

A City of Cape Town fire and rescue crew was ambushed when they responded to reports of a fire at Crossroads, near Philippi, on Monday.

The fire engine’s windows were smashed and the windscreen was damaged when their vehicle was stoned.

More than 40 incidents related to attacks on emergency personnel were reported in Western Cape last year.

Emergency services staff even held a march late last year, demanding that the community stop intimidating them.

Two teenage suspects were arrested after they robbed ambulance staff with a toy gun in Khayelitsha three weeks ago.

Safety and security MMC Jean-Pierre Smith said Monday night’s call appeared to be a hoax as there was no fire when the crew arrived.

“The crew was attacked at the scene, allegedly by a group of community members,” he said. He condemned the attack and said the rescue crew is still in shock. They are shocked by this unprovoked attack by the community they serve.

“The platoon commander confirmed no injuries were reported after the attack.

“However, the crew has been given time off to recover.

“Unfortunately, this means one of our fire engines is off the road and will not be available to respond to fires.”

Western Cape police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said: “Members of the city’s fire department came under attack in Crossroads.

“A case of malicious damage to property was opened. The circumstances of the attack are being investigated. No arrests have been made yet.”

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