A gunman ambushed firefighters and shot at them in Oregon last week, adding another incident to the growing lists of both ambush attacks on first responders and firefighters being targeted by violence.
This incident is very similar to the deadly 2012 Webster, New York shooting: a man sets his house on fire, then waits for first responders intending to shoot them. In the Oregon incident, however, no one was injured. One bullet went through the pants cuff of a firefighter, and several bullets hit a fire engine windshield.
There are growing reported threats toward law enforcement officers nationwide, and ambush attacks remain high as well. All public safety and first responder personnel must take every precaution at active crime scenes, fires, medical emergencies, accidents and all other incidents. An assailant may target people on the scene just because they are wearing a uniform.
It is crucial to maintain situational awareness at every incident, and all first responders should know the difference between cover and concealment. Complacency in seemingly innocent, routine situations can mean not going home at the end of a shift.Source: FireRescue1