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Dash-cam video: Firefighters ambushed in UK. Thugs were waiting for them as they handled trash can fires.

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Above are interviews with firefighters from Manchester, England who were attacked on Sunday while dealing with two trash fires. It is not uncommon in the U.K. for firefighters to be lured into such traps by young thugs. At the bottom of the post is the raw video from the dash-cam.

Dean Wilkins, Mancunian Matters:

Crews from Heywood Fire Station, Rochdale, were despatched on one of the busiest nights of the year to two wheelie bin fires on Deeplish Road at around 5.08pm yesterday.

The bins had been ignited by thugs who waited for the firefighters – after they extinguished the blaze, the team saw the group of hooded youths waiting for them and decided to reverse dowm the orad rather than drive towards them.

But as their engine backed up, the group pounced on them and threw bricks at the window – one violent yob comes just yards away from the vehicle and launches a missile at it, smashing the windscreen and rendering it useless for the night.

Steve White, Mirror News:

The crew, from Heywood, near Manchester, were said to have been left “extremely shaken” but unhurt.

The engine had to be taken off the road for repair work to “severe” damage.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly added: “This is the busiest time of year for our crews and the community expects us to be on call for bonfire and all other incidents – because of these irresponsible actions, this has now had an impact on our resources. 

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  • Mike

    If you run them over, they won’t attack you anymore.

  • John W

    These two chaps were driving in the wrong direction!

  • AA

    Dang! Sounds like those kids need to be “despatched” themselves…

  • Tommy O

    And yet somehow by protecting themselves they would be brought up on conduct unbecoming charges or vehicular assault…..

  • Tom NEPA

    Soccer (i mean football) hooligans

  • Molly

    I would find it very hard to resist the temptation to forcible remove the youth’s knee caps with the adze end of our favorite tool. Kudos to the crew for showing restraint.

  • Sharppointy1

    Too bad the deck gun couldn’t have easily given the hooligans a wash down!
    Call me vindictive but I would have liked the dash cam to show all the firefighters piling off the rig and using the thugs for some soccer practice right in the street.

  • no 1 statter fan from virginia

    Yes, somebody could have got hurt inside the rig. Those firemen had a right to protect themselves. If they would have chose to run the guy over, nothing would have been done to them in this neck of the woods. I tell you something else that is done on the down low down here is that many fire department and rescue squad personnel are armed. This is done becase law enforcement is not always around, or because of living in a county with a land mass greater than the state of Rhode Island it just takes them a long time to get to some emergency incidents. Those people are scum bags of the first order to hurt somebody who is trying to help them.