Fire force wants ‘prank call’ woman arrested, counseled

Fire force wants ‘prank call’ woman arrested, counseled
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Thrissur: The Fire Force in Thrissur has approached the city police commissioner with a strange demand: Arrest a woman and provide her necessary counselling! The reason is stranger: She calls on the fire force number a hundred times every day to chit-chat and hurl abuses! This is one of the many prank calls it receives when every genuine call is a matter of life and death.

The Kodungallur woman’s frequent calls have made them seek legal help. District Fire Station Officer AL Lasar said she should be arrested and brought to their office to show the difficulties the force goes through to keep people safe.

They also receive accidental calls from children when parents let them play with their phones. Some youth call to prank about fire and drowning. Their numbers are usually collected and forwarded to police.

Such calls hinder action on real, emergency cases. Hence the fire force has decided to take the legal route.

Stopping fire force from executing their duty is as serious as stopping the police and could attract jail term. The numbers 100 and 101 are for emergencies only. Sometimes lives depend on such calls and the forces’ ability to react quickly.

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