Emergency services attacked while attending crash

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Two firefighters have been assaulted by drunk bystanders after trying to help at the scene of a car crash.

Fire and Emergency says they was called to a two car crash at Waihi Beach about 7pm last night.

The police say two people were taken to hospital with minor to moderate injuries as a result of the crash.

While there, Fire and Emergency say some intoxicated people gathered at the scene, attacked one of the ambulance officers.

It says two firefighters were punched as they tried to protect the officer, and they received very minor injuries.

The Professional Firefighters' Union says violence against its members was becoming more prevalent.

Its president, Ian Wright, says it was disappointing to hear about the incident.

"We have to deal with contracting cancers at far greater rates than the general population and now we're having to deal with threats of physical violence," he says.

"This sort of behaviour is abhorrent."

Ian says more training for firefighters on how to deal with assault and also better partnerships with the police were needed.

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5 Comments

Right.

Posted on 03-12-2018 11:06 | By Marshal

The answer is right there.. These assaults should be treated the same as assaulting on officer of the law.. Oh yeah but.! Wah wah wah...

Mindless Morons

Posted on 03-12-2018 09:14 | By Ben Dover

There should be an automatic immediate custodial sentence of at least 3 Months for these vile morons who assault or hinder any of the brave Emergency services personnel who do marvelous work to keep us safe.

What is wrong with these people !

Posted on 02-12-2018 14:22 | By comfortablynumb

Firefighters are hero’s in our community and put their lives on the line to save others every day. These waste of space people who attacked them may need the fire services help themselves one day. Complete idiots who need to crawl back under their rock !!

idiots

Posted on 02-12-2018 13:52 | By ruralgal

Clearly they have no respect for the emergency teams & what they all have to deal with in thier careers... maybe a day spent training with them & exposure to viewing the gruesome scenes they have to endure whilst trying to save, rescue & protect lives may do them some good. I’m sure thier views would be totally different if they or thier loved ones needed help. Drunk or not no excuse totally disgusting hope they get charged.

Far out.

Posted on 02-12-2018 12:20 | By Marshal

One day in the near future, Kiwis will be saying why didn’t we arm Police and emergency staff sooner.. ? Volunteers giving time and risking life and limb. Putting up with this type of feral behaviour .It show the level of consciousness in our society.

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