Brave fire fighters attacked in Sallins

A fire tender was damaged during the incident.
The Fire Brigade requested the assistance of the Gardai in Sallins last night after a group of youths threw stones and fireworks at a fire tender.

The Fire Brigade requested the assistance of the Gardai in Sallins last night after a group of youths threw stones and fireworks at a fire tender.

A rear window was shattered in one of the fire tenders and some brigade members sustained very minor cuts in the incident.

The Fire Brigade had been called to the Castlefen housing estate in Sallins soon after 9pm on Halloween night.

“We don’t like to put out bonfires generally speaking,” a spokesperson for the Fire Service told the Leinster Leader. “But sometimes they’ve gone out of control and we have to.”

Having put out the bonfire, the fire fighters’ vehicles were pelted with stones and fireworks at about 9.40.

Gardai were called and attended the scene.

The fire tender is currently being repaired and a substitute vehicle has been made available to Kidlare Fire Service.

“Hopefully we won’t see this again,” Chief Fire Officer Celina Barrett said.

The Fire Service was busy over the course of Halloween night.

“Normally you’d get two or three calls per night, but at Halloween, it tends to tip over into the 20’s,” she explained.

“Naas was particularly busy last night, and we also had two road traffic collisions to deal with.”

Gardai report that no arrests have been made.