Firefighters have been threatened with machetes, pelted with missiles and targeted with booby-trapped gas canisters during a huge rise in attacks over the last year.
The last 12 months has seen a 145 per cent increase in assaults on crews rising from 77 in 2008/09 to 189 last year in the West Midlands.
Now West Midlands Fire Service has called for more prosecutions against people who threaten or assault crews.
Chief Fire Officer Vij Randeniya said the growing violence was “astonishing and shocking”.
He said: “If someone is violent towards fire service personnel whilst they are going about their daily business making our communities safer, then we will push to prosecute them to the full extent of the law.
“Violence to this extent is something we are not willing to accept or ignore.”
The first prosecution in the West Midlands for a violent attack on firefighters took place last month.
A man received a three-month supervision order, three-month curfew and £500 fine after admitting attacking a fire hose with an axe following a fire at Stag Hill in Bloxwich.
A second man pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing an emergency worker, but was found guilty at a trial in his absence at Walsall magistrates court and is awaiting sentence.
Andy Dennis, of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said: “I fully support the successful prosecutions and hope that they send a clear message that these attacks will not be tolerated.”
Over the past 12 months, firefighters and control staff in the West Midlands have faced a range of threats and violence, ranging from verbal abuse and having missiles thrown at them, to being threatened with a machete and having booby-trapped gas canisters placed in fires.
Mr Randeniya added: “Because of the mindless actions of a minority of people, part of our approach is to have CCTV cameras ready on many of our fire engines.
"But we will always respond to a call for help, even if it is in an area where we’ve previously had violent incidents, because you never know when someone might genuinely need our help.”