NIFRS have issued an appeal to residents in Limavady not to attack or abuse staff after a group of firefighters were pelted with bottles at a bonfire over the weekend.
“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at 9:59pm to a report of a fire at the Ballyquin Road area of Limavady on Saturday 15th August
“One Fire Appliance from Limavady Fire Station was deployed to the scene of a bonfire alight in the area. As Firefighters dealt with the incident, a number of youths threw bottles at NIFRS personnel. No Firefighters were injured and no damaged caused to the Fire Appliance during the incident which finished at 10:14pm.
“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service would appeal to those involved not to threaten or attack Fire Crews responding to call out in their local areas. Firefighters are people from the local community, who work hard to rescue and save lives and property and who job is dangerous enough without the possibility of being attacked.
“Attacks on Firefighters are not only socially unacceptable but also to the detriment of the community. NIFRS works closely with local community and residents groups as well as partner agencies to try and reduce the number of attacks on our personnel.
“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service will continue to protect communities across Northern Ireland.”