Unnecessary 999 calls plea

01 May 2014

Northamptonshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service are urging members of the public not to make unnecessary 999 calls – particularly during periods of industrial action.

Northamptonshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service will be providing a reduced emergency response service during industrial action which has been announced for:

  • Friday 2 May 2014 - 12pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 3 May 2014 - 14pm to 2am on the 4th of May
  • Sunday 4 May 2014 - 10am to 3pm

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson said: “While the industrial action is ongoing our firefighters will still be responding to 999 calls, so we are asking for help from the local community, only dial 999 in an emergency, only call 999 if they really do need a fire engine.

“Our priority at the moment is to respond to those priority calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued. If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need could be at risk.

“A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house or where debris has fallen in the road. There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance”.

Head of Prevention and Community Protection Mark Ainge said
“However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced control room operator can deal with your situation. You will get a response. You must not try and call your local fire station directly.”

Also follow the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Twitter account @northantsfire and Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/northantsfire.

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