Firefighter attacked at Perth student hostel

The Campus building in Perth.
The Campus building in Perth.

A MAN is being investigated over an alleged assault on a fireman in Perth last night.

About 10.30pm last night, police were called to the Hostel G building on Stirling Street.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) had attended the building earlier, because a man was acting in an irrational manner and had allegedly opened a fire hydrant causing water to escape into the building.

Police allege the man has assaulted a DFES officer and another man.

He was located by police and restrained before he was conveyed to hospital for assessment.

Inquiries are continuing.

DFES said they responded to a triple 0 call about 10.05pm.

“While investigating the cause of the fire alarm, a senior firefighter was assaulted,” DFES said in a statement.

“He was treated by St John Ambulance at the scene, and then taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he was discharged shortly after.

“Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Operations Brad Stringer, and the DFES Wellness Branch are closely supporting the firefighter and his family.

“Nobody deserves to be abused or physically attacked while they are trying to help and protect the community.”

Hostel G said they were assisting police with their investigation into an “unwelcomed intruder”.

“The man caused minor damage in the hostel and set off a fire alarm,” they said in a statement.

“As the hostel is in the same building as Campus Perth, all building occupants were evacuated as a precaution.

“There is no public access between the two businesses and the intruder was unable to enter Campus Perth which has 24 hours security protocols in place.”