Plans have been put in place for the protection of firefighters following a violent attack on 14 crew in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, this weekend.
The increase in attacks on City staff members was highlighted during a briefing on law enforcement statistics on Monday.
Chief Fire Officer Ian Schnetler said that a female firefighter had suffered a hairline fracture to her arm after she was hit with a spade and wrestled to the ground by "young" members of the community in an incident.
"We are communicating with metro police and SAPS [South African Police Service] for protection, as firefighters are unarmed," he said.
"Unfortunately we can't cater for every eventuality. This makes it very difficult for us to protect communities who need help."...
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