An on-line threat is targeting our first responders.

Firefighters are urging their members to be extra vigilant to keep themselves safe from a potential attack after new threats against firefighters have emerged online.

Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 has issued a safety alert warning to their first responders of threats from a person who claims to be part of an extremist group that says things like As you fight, remember that the firemen and police are on the same side! Don’t be fooled” and “We are calling on all gangs across the nation! Attack everything in blue except the mailman, unless he is carrying more than mail.

In light of recent events, this on-line threat should be taken very seriously. Our first responders have a dangerous job, and this added threat makes it even more hazardous. Now firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and law enforcement are not only trying to do their job but also need to think about staying safe.

We are not aware of any specific threats made against Central New Yorks first responders, and not sure on how credible the on-line threats are, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

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