Throughout the day yesterday, the Critical Control Centre for Cornwall Fire Service received seventeen hoax calls. Fortunately, Fire Service control operators realised that they were hoax calls and no appliances were mobilised. However, as well as time wasting, they have more serious implications.
A hoax call to any Emergency Service could cost lives; tying up valuable emergency resources and preventing them from attending a real incident.
If there had been a genuine emergency, resources would have to be called in from another station further away. Putting lives at risk.
Making hoax calls is illegal. People can, and have been, heavily prosecuted for making hoax calls with a fine of up to £5,000 or six months in prison.