Hoax 999 call about a 'hurt child' angers firefighters

A hoax 999 call to a child said to be pinned underneath a car has been highlighted by firefighters

Saturday, 13th January 2018, 7:05 am
Updated Saturday, 13th January 2018, 8:20 am
Hoax callers have been criticised by firefighters

Fire crews were alerted after a youngster claimed his seven-year-old friend was trapped underneath the vehicle in Leigh last night.

But the emergency turned out to be a hoax and fire bosses now want to stress to parents and youngsters how dangerous such calls can be.

Crew manager Andrew Kopicki said: "We received a call from a public telephone box in Coronation Drive.

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"The caller said that a male aged seven was pinned underneath a car so there was a quite a significant response by ourselves and the ambulance service to this kind of incident."

Up to four fire engines and a fast-response paramedic car could be expected to turn out in the circumstances, he added.

An emergency call handler from fire headquarters believes that the caller may have been of a similar age to the bogus "victim".

Mr Kopicki added: "This kind of response could strip a whole borough of fire appliances, which would delay anyone else who needed assistance in the area.

"There are also the implications of that amount of blue-lighted vehicles heading to the scene.

"Our drivers are trained to prevent any collisions but there is always the dangers associated with other motorists taking evasive actions."