Call­out a hoax

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

Mata­mata’s vol­un­teer fire fight­ers were attacked with fire­works af­ter a fake call­out to Te Kura o Wa­haroa.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Kevin Cur­tis said they re­sponded to re­ports of a veg­e­ta­tion fire at the school on Guy Fawkes Night.

They ar­rived to find no signs of a fire and were in­stead set upon by peo­ple shoot­ing fire­works at the re­spond­ing ap­pli­ances.

No fire fight­ers were hurt and the trucks were un­dam­aged but Mr Cur­tis said it had the po­ten­tial to be far more se­ri­ous. ‘‘I be­lieve we were set up,’’ he said. ‘‘For what rea­son, we don’t know. I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed in the way we have been tar­geted. As fire fight­ers, we face enough dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions with­out ir­re­spon­si­ble res­i­dents am­bush­ing us.’’

Po­lice were called but the of­fend­ers had gone when they ar­rived a short time later.

If any­one knows any­thing about this in­ci­dent please call po­lice on 888 7117 or anony­mously Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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