Hoax calls ‘risk lives’

Councillor Paul Fleming  (3011PG43)

Councillor Paul Fleming (3011PG43)

0
Have your say

The Fire Service in Derry receive two hoax calls a week, it’s been revealed.

In the first half of this year the Fire Service say they have dealt with 49 hoax calls in the city.

“Resources were mobilised to 39 of these calls,” a spokeswoman said.

Sinn Fein councillor Paul Fleming said hoax calls are a major problem because they divert our emergency resources away from potentially life-threatening and time-critical conditions.

“While the emergency services are dealing with these false alarms, there could be people in serious need of help somewhere else and these calls could cause fatal delays,” he said.

“It’s hard understand the mindset of the type of person who would knowingly put the lives of innocent people at risk”

He added: “My message is very much to all those people out there who have, or are thinking of making a hoax call, please don’t do that. You are being totally irresponsible and you are wasting a valuable resource”

Earlier this week the north’s Health Minister Edwin Poots revealed that hoax calls to the Fire and Ambulance services cost the taxpayer in the north in excess of £3million per year.

“Hoax calls to our emergency services are totally abhorrent. The staggering £3million cost each year, which equates to almost £9,000 a day, has been completely wasted. This is money that could have been spent elsewhere across the HSC and Fire Service,” the minister said.

“To put this into context, £3million could have been spent on more than 212,000 hours of domiciliary care, over 75,000 treatments by a physiotherapist in the community, around 250 coronary artery bypass grafts or over 5,000 weeks in a nursing home for an elderly person.”

“Hoax calls to our emergency services are totally abhorrent. The staggering £3million cost each year, which equates to almost £9,000 a day, has been completely wasted.

The Minister added: “To put this into context, £3million could have been spent on more than 212,000 hours of domiciliary care, over 75,000 treatments by a physiotherapist in the community, around 250 coronary artery bypass grafts or over 5,000 weeks in a nursing home for an elderly person.”