Hoax calls can cost lives say Hampshire Fire Service

Hoax calls can cost lives say Hampshire Fire Service

Published at 1:52pm 13th January 2020.

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They had to deal with a big number of fake emergency calls on Sunday morning.

The brigade put something out on their Twitter feed to share their anger at the hoaxes yesterday (12th January).

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) haven't revealed where in the county the calls came from.


The emergency service have told us they have processes in place to deal with hoax calls

Those measures include: 

  • Calls from landline phones give control room staff immediate access to the number and location of the phone
  • All calls are digitally tape-recorded
  • HFRS can issue text messages to callers from mobiles suspected of making hoax calls warning them that, if they persist, their mobiles can be cut off
  • Any incidents of hoax calls can be referred to the police
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Hoax calls can mean fire crews are taken away from real emergencies - and that could cost lives

Hampshire's Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Apter, tweeted his response - and he didn't mince his words: 

"We will seek to prosecute anybody who puts our communities or my staff at risk - simple."

Fordingbridge Fire Station also tweeted their response: 

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