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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 08:44 GMT
Cameras reduce attacks on fire crews
Fire engine
The surveillance equipment can record incidents both on and off the engine
Firefighters say a scheme to fit CCTV cameras to engines in Middlesbrough is working to prevent crews being attacked.

The cameras were installed six months ago as a pilot project after a series of incidents in which firefighters responding to calls suffered physical and verbal abuse.

Since they were installed they have helped tackle the problem of missiles being thrown.

The surveillance equipment can record incidents both on and off the engine.

It can also rotate 360 degrees to catch any troublemakers attacking the back of the appliances.

Anti-social behaviour

Tony Marwood, district manager at Middlesbrough Fire Station, said they have no qualms about using the footage in any possible prosecution.

He said: "The officer in charge of the appliance has the operation of the camera solely at his discretion

"He can switch it on and off as he sees fit, particularly if he feels his crew is being abused or is under threat of attack or being attacked

"If we do take footage and it identifies people who are committing those anti-social behaviours we have been advised by the police on how to collate that as evidence and present it to them so it can be used in any potential prosecution, and we will do that."




SEE ALSO:
CCTV call for fire crews
09 Oct 03  |  Merseyside
Fire engines get CCTV cameras
10 Apr 03  |  Tees


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