Limerick city’s chief fire officer Michael Ryan has condemned an attack on firefighters in the city last night.
Two firemen were hospitalised and the windscreen of a fire engine damaged during an incident at Salvia Court, Southill.
The incident happened at around 8.30pm as firemen were attending two house fires in the area.
However, the fire crews were forced to withdraw as a group of youths attacked them and them threw rocks at them.
The injured firemen were discharged from hospital this morning and gardai at Roxboro Road have launched an investigation.
Michael Ryan says: “The attack on our fire fighters is shocking and disgraceful. The crew that attended this call are all dedicated professionals who are proud that they save lives and property in Limerick.”
Mr Ryan says emergency service workers should be able to do their job safely. “ Fire fighters like all emergency services personnel have a job to do and they deserve to be able to do it in safety, and without fear of assault. We are all angry and shocked that they were subjected to such a cowardly attack, but we know that this was the actions of a small minority in an area where we have a good relationship with the community.”
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