Stupid 999 calls to fire service include spaceship on fire and mixtape blaze
Published 13/04/2016 | 13:56
A spaceship on fire, chickens running down the road and squirrels in an attic are just some of the bizarre 999 calls a fire service got in the past year.
Other strange calls included a man who asked for the fire brigade because his "mixtape is on fire" and he needed it "putting out".
Hertfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service warned that prank calls waste time and could endanger lives.
One distressed woman called 999 and asked for help after getting herself stuck wedging a piece of furniture in her staircase.
Another called the emergency services warning them that they had spotted "a really bold bit of fire in the sun".
And a man asked for assistance after squirrels got in his loft and began setting off his fire alarms. When asked if he really needed the fire service to attend he can be heard saying "Yes, and pest control".
Hertfordshire County Council has posted the nuisance calls on YouTube in a bid to warn the public not to call 999 unless it is a real emergency.
Roy Wilsher, chief fire officer, said: "This is a bit of fun but there is a serious message behind it.
"Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, alongside colleagues in the police and ambulance service, is here to help but we are asking people not to call 999 unless it's a real emergency. Such calls are a waste of time and are potentially blocking calls from people in genuine danger".
Mr Wilsher said that last year firefighters in Hertfordshire attended 2,439 fires and nearly 500 road traffic collisions, along with many other serious and life threatening situations.
He added: "Let's not make things more difficult for them with nonsense or hoax calls."