Community Safety Minister welcomes figures showing fall

The number of attacks on fire and rescue service staff when called out to an incident decreased by almost 30 per cent last year.

Fire and Rescue Services Statistics published today also show 56,251 home fire safety visits were carried out in 2012/13, around one for every 45 homes in Scotland.

The figures are the final set on the eight fire and rescue services which became the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on April 1, 2013.

Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the fall in attacks on firefighters, but said that 80 incidents is still far too high:

“Our firefighters across Scotland do a fantastic job and should be able to carry out their duties protecting the public free from any kind of assault or harassment.

“Despite a drop of almost 30 per cent in the number of attacks on service staff last year, any attack is utterly unacceptable and at 80, the number of incidents is still too high.While we welcome this reduction, every attack is one too many.”