Fire brigade to attend calls alongside police to help treat victims, as services step up action on crimes involving corrosive liquids

Police officers in London are being issued with 1,000 acid attack response kits after a rise in the number of crimes involving corrosive liquids. Rapid response police cars will now carry the kits, which include protective gear and five-litre bottles of water, to allow officers to give immediate treatment to victims sprayed with acid.

The London fire brigade will respond alongside police, because the service is able to provide large volumes of water rapidly. Pouring water over a victim can help prevent further damage to skin, but speed is critical.

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