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Hoax Call made to Fire Service during Strike Period

25th September 2013

During the strike action that took place today (September 25th 2013) North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received a hoax call that came from within the Northallerton area at 12.35pm.

Area Manager Dave McCabe, Head of Risk Management for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said; “It is shocking to think that members of the public would consider making these calls, especially during the strike period when there was a higher chance of resources being stretched attending real emergencies.

“In today’s occurrence our control room staff challenged the caller, and no fire engines were mobilised to attend.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind all the residents of North Yorkshire, whatever age, that making hoax calls is not a joking matter and could put lives at risk.”

Deliberate hoax calls to the emergency services are illegal and a successful prosecution could lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and/or 6 months in prison.

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