Irish Fire and Emergency Services want legislation to deal with assaults on emergency service personnel

The national vice-president of the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association says legislation is needed to deal with assaults on emergency service personnel. Tralee Fire Engine Ross McCobb’s comments come as Gardaí investigate an assault on a fire officer in Sneem on Sunday night. A unit of the fire service in Sneem was attending a fire in the village shortly before 11 o’clock, when a fire officer received a blow to the face. The man was attended to by a local doctor and did not need to be admitted to hospital. There has been an estimated 2,000 serious attacks on Irish emergency services workers in the past eight years, according to the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association. Ross McCobb says those that perpetrate assaults need on know that it won’t be tolerated: [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/27030/medium/”]

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