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Possible prank callers

A quick witted witness spotted what looked like the result of a prank call to the fire brigade yesterday.

At around 6pm on Saturday evening two fire engines were spotted pulling into Queens Parade off of Swain Road in Cliftonville. The engines stopped and fire brigade took a quick look around before departing again.

Each false call out costs just shy of two thousand pounds and of course could be keeping fire crews from attending a real emergency somewhere else. It might seem like harmless fun but it is expensive and can be deadly.

The government estimate that the cost of false alarms in the UK is around £1 billion a year. Think about that net time you think it might be fun to make a silly call.

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This Informative Golden comment was left by Dan [score: 6]:

I used to work at the BT exchange in Margate before it closed, answering 999 calls. You would not believe the amount of prank calls we used to get, along with people calling about trivial matters. Shocking how much time and money is wasted by these inconsiderate morons
19/08/2013 13:36:15

This Helpful Normal comment was left by Max [score: 2]:

I just hope no one was harmed because our fire crews were busy running around or no reason.
21/08/2013 12:37:10
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