Firefighters in the city of Nimes, France have suffered several recent attacks initiated by false calls for assistance.
The most recent incident occurred last week in the Chemin Bas d’Avignon district when the fire department received an emergency call reporting a car fire.
Upon arrival at the scene in the Nimes suburb, the crew found no fire. Instead, they encountered “three or four hooded individuals” who began throwing stones at them.
According to Nicolas Nadal of the Southern firefighters’ union, the stones thrown were reportedly the size of a baseball and larger.
The six firefighters remained inside their truck and quickly left the scene.
No injuries were reported.
Two months ago, another crew of firemen was attacked in the Pissevin district of France.
After responding to a false emergency call, firefighters were ambushed by people throwing stones and cinder blocks. When attempting to turn around their vehicle, a Molotov cocktail exploded in front of the truck, with a second one following shortly thereafter.
“We narrowly missed the worst,” said Augustus Carvalho.
Challenged by an influx of migrants, the local government is working to prevent such events from reoccurring.
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