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Dublin: 3 °C Tuesday 12 November, 2019
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Firefighters come under bottle and firework attack as they attend scene

The three units of Dublin Fire Brigade came under attack last night as they attended a fire at O’Devaney Gardens on Dublin’s northside.

O'Devaney Gardens
O'Devaney Gardens

FIREFIGHTERS FROM DUBLIN Fire Brigade came under bottle and rocket attack last night as they reponded to reports of a fire in O’Devaney Gardens, located near the North Circular Road on Dublin’s northside.

The incident, which occurred just after 6.30pm, was their third time attending the same location in a single day.

Responding to calls of a “domestic fire” – a fire with the potential of someone being inside – the scene was attended by two appliances from Phibsboro Fire Station and a third from Tara Street Fire Station.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, a person at the scene said it was the first time that they had seen rockets directed at firefighters in this way.

As service personnel were removing equipment from their vehicle to attend the fire in the second floor apartment, one of the rockets rebounded off the vehicle, striking a firefighter in the face.

No serious injuries were sustained, however.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade have now started to log all incidents such as these – despite the paperwork involved – after being told by their union that if they aren’t reported, they aren’t viewed as having happened.

The incident comes less than two weeks after the failure to pass the Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill 2012, which would have seen a minimum jail term of five years for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an emergency worker on duty.

Read: Dáil to debate five year jail terms for assaults on emergency workers >

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