LIMERICK City Fire & Rescue Service says that attacks on fire fighters in Limerick City and County are below national average. This comes following calls by the IFESA for legislation to protect frontline emergency service personnel.
IFESA, the Irish Fire and Emergency Service Association are calling for the Government to review their decision to reject legislation allowing mandatory jail sentences for those convicted of assaulting and injuring emergency services workers.
The association says that a member of the frontline emergency services is attacked while on duty every 36 hours. There have been 2,000 serious attacks on emergency services workers in Ireland over the past eight years, with 1,551 attacks confirmed between 2006 and 2011.
However, a spokesperson for the Limerick City and County Council said that wouldn’t be the experience of the fire service in Limerick.
“By adopting community-related projects, we endeavour to build on that good relationship with the public in different ways. Yes, we have had fire fighters assaulted and in some cases injured, but definitely not even close to a frequency of once every 36 hours.”
IFESA chairman John Kidd said that frontline services are not being properly protected by the Government, with their sick pay conditions actually being cut. “It is an extraordinary situation that emergency workers, who everyone in society says are doing a great job, are not being properly protected in the course of their duties,” he said.
Pic: Limerick Fire & Rescue Service