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Burlington city leaders address recent first responder assaults

Burlington city leaders are figuring out what’s next after multiple scary incidents involving firefighters.
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington city leaders are figuring out what’s next after multiple scary incidents involving firefighters.

The Burlington Firefighters Association recently posted on social media about two back-to-back incidents. In one, fire crews responding to a call for help had a box thrown at the fire truck windshield.

The week before that, firefighters say someone tried to steal the Tower 1 truck while it was parked.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says there isn’t any tolerance for that kind of behavior in Burlington. “It does seem like there has been some kind of shift, and it’s gotta stop. We certainly at a city level are doing everything we can to turn this around, when these types of things happen were are putting find the individuals and holding them accountable,” he said.

Weinberger says incidents like this only add to the challenge of hiring and retaining first responders in the city.

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