Firefighters Access to CCTV Cameras
Firefighters could be given access to CCTV cameras to help protect them against attacks by yobs.
19:36 09 August 2018
Tyne and Wear Fire Service bosses are considering giving firefighters access to CCTV cameras following cases of attacks on fire crews as they try to tackle blazes. Peter Iveson, head of service delivery north for TWFRS, said that other measures being taken include providing police escort to crews if they suspect they are heading into a problem area.
Following reports that bricks, masonry and other missiles have been thrown at crews and fire engines at a bonfire last night, Councillor Dan Greenhough suggested the city’s emergency services be given access to CCTV cameras “so that they can see whether they are going into a group of 10 or 12 people around the fire.”
Mr Iveson said: “We do have CCTV on our appliances, but that is obviously used after the event.
“We are aware of where the CCTV cameras are and are looking at using them.
“It is also about the information we get from our control team as well.”
Newcastle City Council has more than 900 CCTV cameras in and around council buildings, libraries, leisure centres, parks and car parks.
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