PEORIA, Ariz. — The ambush style shooting in New York that killed two firefighters is a wake-up call according to a one long time Valley firefighter.
El Mirage Fire Chief, and martial arts instructor, Howard Munding has been studying the trends over the past 20 years. His research shows that some 55-percent of firefighters admit to having been assaulted on the job. An on-going survey currently being conducted is in line with those figures.
Munding said some unofficial data also indicates some uptick in trends. He said that drug use and often times economic pressures adds to tensions first responders are facing.
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Brian BlackburnWednesday, January 16, 2013 5:19:11 AMI agree that violence against us is on the rise, but another portion of this is the lack of respect from some members of the community. Examples: Getting road raged while responding to incidents either POV or in our apparatus. People not slowing down at scenes, running over 4” hoses, almost hitting personnel and then using obscene gestures or language when confronted. Refusal to pull over and even passing emergency vehicles, especially ambulances running code. It is especially frustrating when we have laws for this but law enforcement does not go after these people and cite them. It has become the "If it's not me, I don't care mentality."
La'Tonya CrawfordWednesday, January 16, 2013 5:54:24 AMSad to see this but you are not wrong in your assesment. I often wonder why are people not stopping. I simply think if that was me or my loved one I would want to give the FF, FR, P the space/ access they need to care for them. Do unto others.