Appeal for information after firefighters attacked on the job in Glenrothes

Glenrothes firefighters attacked
Glenrothes firefighters attacked

Firefighters in Glenrothes were the subject of an attack from youths when they attended a wheelie bin fire last Friday (April 24).

Crews responded to a call at the woods on Poplar Road in the town at 8.00 p.m. on Friday night, when they were targetted by a group of youngsters.

An investigation is now in place to identify those responsible.

Graham Arnott, station manager, said: “Attacks on emergency responders are completely unacceptable and I am sure the public would be outraged by this incident where their firefighters have been targeted while working to protect people and property.

“Those responsible should know that the authorities take their mindless criminal actions extremely seriously and we work closely with police to ensure they are identified and held to account.

“We will continue our efforts to bring about a reduction in these mindless actions from a small number of individuals. As an organisation we have a duty of care towards our employees and are committed to protecting our frontline staff who work in challenging circumstances to make communities safer.”

These fires had the potential to put the public, including those responsible, in serious danger

Kenny Greig, Glenrothes Community Sergeant

Kenny Greig, Glenrothes Community Sergeant, said: “A number of wheelie bins belonging to local people were set alight, however, thanks to the quick response of the fire service, the damage was contained.

“Officers are now conducting local enquiries to identify those responsible for this crime and anyone with information that can assist with these investigations is asked to come forward.

“These fires had the potential to put the public, including those responsible, in serious danger and I would remind those responsible that what may seem a prank is a serious criminal offence and if caught you will be charged and reported.

“Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious outside either premises over the weekend is asked to contact police immediately (on 101), anonymously if they wish, or by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”