Firefighters were forced to take cover after a man twice attacked a fire truck, but the attacker has come off second best – falling and knocking himself out.
It is the second attack on emergency services staff in a little over a week, after a paramedic was left with a broken foot, cuts and bruises when attending to an incident in Reservoir.
The hellish night for three Richmond fire station crew began when they were called to an apartment fire in A’Beckett Street in the city at 8.30pm on Friday.
On Victoria Street, Richmond, near to Charles Street, a man blocked the fire truck and began attacking it, ripping off a wiper blade and bashing the windscreen repeatedly.
The fire truck was able to maneuver around the man, then rushed to the apartment fire. The fire was declared a false alarm by a second truck that arrived before the delayed Richmond crew.
While returning to the station, the Richmond firefighters saw the man lying on the bonnet of a vehicle in Victoria Street.
The crew pulled over to check on the man’s condition. The man got up and again attacked firefighters and their truck.
Firefighters took cover inside the truck. The man then used a fire truck ladder to get onto the truck’s roof.
Police were called.
The man was persuaded to get off the roof, but he missed his footing on the ladder and fell, hitting his head on the concrete below and knocking himself unconscious.
The firefighters immediately called Ambulance Victoria for emergency medical assistance. Paramedics arrived just after 9pm and the man had to be restrained by police when he came round, “for his and other people’s safety”, a Metropolitan Fire Brigade statement said.
When he was considered safe to move, he was transported to hospital in a serious condition.
“MFB finds it unacceptable that its firefighters on an active call were hindered and harassed in such a manner, and which caused a delay to an emergency response,” the MFB statement said.
“This follows a recent incident where Ambulance Victoria paramedics were assaulted, and this behaviour is of serious concern to MFB and all emergency service responders,” it said.
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