Firefighters attacked by fireworks and missiles on Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night was 'marred' by a number of attacks on firefighters, the fire service has said.
Fireworks and missiles were thrown at fire crews across Scotland. Picture: ContributedFireworks and missiles were thrown at fire crews across Scotland. Picture: Contributed
Fireworks and missiles were thrown at fire crews across Scotland. Picture: Contributed

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) responded to 970 incidents, including 326 bonfires, between 4pm and midnight on Saturday - its busiest night of the year.

Some crews had missiles and fireworks thrown at them.

SFRS assistant chief officer Lewis Ramsay, said: “Attacks on emergency responders are completely unacceptable and I am sure the public would be outraged by incidents where their firefighters have been targeted while working to protect people and property.

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“Those responsible should know that the authorities take these criminal actions extremely seriously and we will work closely with police to ensure they are identified and held to account.

“We will continue our efforts to bring about a reduction in these dangerous actions by a small number of individuals. As an organisation we have a duty of care towards our employees and we are committed to protecting our frontline staff who work in challenging circumstances to make communities safer.”

A crew in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, were attacked by youths, while firefighters in Greenock, Inverclyde, were forced to withdraw while attending an incident after missiles were thrown.

Firefighters in Glasgow were also targeted by youths who attacked their vehicle with various missiles as they responded to reports of a bonfire on Fore Street.

Fireworks were thrown at crews in the Balgrayhill area of Glasgow and in Durban Avenue, Clydebank.

Similar attacks took place in Stenhousemuir in Falkirk, Edinburgh and Stirling.

Crews called to an incident in the Bingham area of Edinburgh had stones thrown at them and one firefighter was hit.

Firefighters were also busy in Aberdeen and Dundee dealing with reports of bonfires.

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Mr Ramsay, said: “Bonfire Night is typically the service’s busiest night of the year, but in addition to numerous bonfires firefighters continue to respond to the full range of emergencies we face on a daily basis.

“Our frontline crews and operations control personnel are extremely dedicated and I would like to pay tribute to their professionalism, skill and hard work which enabled them to help protect communities across the country.”