Published On: Tue, Oct 28th, 2014 on 12:59 pm

Footage captures moment fireworks fired at Leeds firefighters

Fireworks Fired At Firefighters Leeds

A video has been released showing firefighters coming under fire from rockets as they arrived to tackle a blaze in a Leeds street.

The footage shows a firefighter getting out of a fire truck to investigate small blazes as several people are seen emerging from a side street.

The firefighter is then forced to duck for cover as showers of sparks explode around him.

Rockets hit the front of the fire truck and another narrowly misses the firefighter.

West Yorkshire Fire Service released the footage, filmed in November last year by a camera attached to the fire truck, to show the risks firefighters face during the bonfire season.

Area manager Ian Bitcon, said: “Attacks on firefighters – like the one captured by a silent witness camera in the Chapeltown area of Leeds last November are despicable.

“They needlessly put our firefighters in incredible danger whilst they are simply trying to carry out their duties serving the public. Not only that, but they distract them from their main role of protecting people and property.”

John McGheen, Fire Brigades Union national officer, added: “Attacks on firefighters, such as those in the video, are abhorrent, especially when they are in the middle of trying to rescue members of the public from dangerous incidents.”

None of the firefighters involved was injured during the incident.

West Yorkshire Police said the incident was investigated but they were unable to make any arrests.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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