The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) has strong condemned an attack on a fire tender responding to a  fire in a car park in Sligo on Thursday last. The incident  in which rocks were thrown at the fire tender resulted in one fireman being hospitalised. 

Ros MacCobb , IFESA  Vice President said attacks on members of the emergency services could never be condoned and he called on politicians and community leaders  throughout the country to voice their strong condemnation of such attacks when they occur.

‘Unfortunately the attack in Sligo, which left one fireman injured, is not an isolated incident.  We need a strong message from everyone in positions of influence, politicians and community leaders, that any attack on an emergency service is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Irish society.'

‘IFESA has long called for the introduction of mandatory sentences for those involved in such attacks but out politicians, for whatever, reason, have refused to introduce such legislation despite what we believe would be strong public support for such a move.'

Contact : Ros MacCobb : 0872164533