This is becoming a too familiar story for emergency services worker and it is increasing around the world. This week alone in Melbourne, Australia, firefighters and paramedics where attacked while attending emergency calls. In one event firefighters had a man jump on to the front of their pumper and pull the windscreen wipers off, on returning from the call they saw the same man lying on a car bonnet, thinking the man needed assistance they stopped to help. The man then jumped on to the roof of the truck and tried to take the ladder off, he slipped hitting his head on the pavement and was rendered unconscious.
In a second incident Paramedics attending to an elderly man were set upon by two women and a teenager. One paramedic suffered a suspected broken foot, cuts and bruises after he was kicked, punched and repeatedly knocked to the ground by the man and two women. All three where arrested.
This is a trend that is not going away and will have to be dealt with in the day to day work of emergency staff, a spokesman said.