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8:08am 27th February 2014

Pirate FM has learnt that Cornish fire fighters have been attacked on the job 10 times in three years.

Seven of those attacks were in the last 12 months alone.

No-one has been prosecuted.

Jill Tolfrey speaks for the Fire Fighters' Charity: "It could be something like somebody just shouting or abuse or it could be a physical attack but any of that is totally unacceptable.

"They're a blue light service, they're called out in an emergency to undertake rescue and recovery and then they're receiving abuse when actually they are doing their job and they're looking after us.

"It all adds to the sort of cumulative stress of the situation. They're trying to deal with something they've been called out to deal with and at the same time they're having to deal with the public not viewing them in a positive light for some reason so that just adds to the stress of the whole situation so yes, they should be encouraged to report it."

The Fire Brigades' Union is worried the attack will stop crews from doing their jobs properly.

Spokesman Stuart Pulley said: "Attacks, you know, they can range from just like verbal insults unfortunately then down to the more serious physical attacks. We also hear of things thrown at appliances that are responding to incidents and again that's very dangerous and in the worst case scenario, could lead to a serious accident."

8:08am 27th February 2014

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