Fire­fight­ers re­spond to prank call

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Mayor’s Column -

A ‘prank call’ has prompted lo­cal fire­fight­ers to urge peo­ple to use the Triple

Zero (000) ser­vice re­spon­si­bly.

De­niliquin NSW Fire + Res­cue re­ceived a call Satur­day night about 7.21pm.

The caller, who sounded like a child, told the call cen­tre there was a fire and hung up be­fore giv­ing any fur­ther de­tails.

The call was traced back to a De­niliquin home and fire­fight­ers re­sponded, but re­ported no one was home when they ar­rived and there was no fire.

‘‘It is a huge waste of re­sources and can take that away from real emer­gen­cies,’’ Deputy Cap­tain Les Booth said.

‘‘It is re­ally dis­ap­point­ing to know peo­ple in our com­mu­nity are mak­ing these false calls.

‘‘We ask that you only call Triple Zero

(000) in an emer­gency.’’

Mak­ing false emer­gency calls is a crime, which can po­ten­tially carry a prison sen­tence.

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