Statement after crews face harassment on duty

Yesterday, our crews were subject to harassment from members of the public whilst attending an incident. 

On the 23 January at 18:08, crews responded to calls of a motorbike fire in the Knowle West area.


Upon approach, crews came under attack from a group of youths throwing bottles and other items at the attending fire appliance.

Dave Hodges, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) Duty Group Commander, said: “The actions of the individuals involved meant crews were unable to deal with the deliberate fire and it was left to self-extinguish. Fortunately, no firefighters were hurt and we’d like to thank Avon & Somerset Police for their prompt response and support.

“This kind of activity not only puts our crews, who risk their lives to keep our communities safe, at risk but also draws us away from responding to other incidents.”