When firemen come to Rosengard to put out fires they are attacked by the local Muslim youth. In March, the area experienced five days of arson and unrest.
Some firemen, even one at the top, have had enough because the political elites won't protect them: [Rosengard firefighters call it quits, The Local: Sweden's News in English, April 28, 2009]
After months of suffering through thrown rocks and threats directed at his squadron during numerous calls to the Rosengard neighbourhood in Malmo, local fire chief Henrik Persson said on Tuesday he is stepping down from his post.To see an example of the violence firemen must face, check out Violent muslim riots in Malmo, Sweden (Rosengard) 18 December 2008. You can hear chants of "Allahu Akbar" at various points.
"I'm not getting any support from our top management. They don't listen to our requests for a secure working environment," Persson told the Sydsvenskan newspaper.
Persson, who also sits in on the board of Sweden's national firefighters' union, said he will abandon his leadership role at the Jagersro fire station and instead continue work as a rank-and-file firefighter.
Three other firefighters, including another squadron leader from the Jagersro fire station, also said on Tuesday they were quitting in hopes of relocating to other stations, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.
Firefighters and police officers have long been subject to thrown rocks and threats on calls to the predominantly immigrant neighbourhood, with fire fighters working to introduce measures to make their jobs safer.
But their efforts have been for naught, according to Persson, who feels that he can no longer guarantee the safety of his colleagues.