An ‘individual’ by the name of Michael Eames, thought that it would be ‘funny’ to make 17 hoax 999 calls reporting fake ‘fires’ across the county in which he lives (Hampshire)
In one of the calls, Eames even pretended that someone was trapped in a burning building. Funny? not one bit. Are we surprised that an ‘individual’ would do this sort of thing? Nope.
During the fake 999 calls, Eames, 23, came up with different names, addresses and scenarios each time.
We wonder how Eames would have felt if, at the same time that he was making his hoax 999 calls, someone he knows just happened to be involved in a road traffic collision, but no rescue units could be sent, owing to the fact that they were all chasing fake 999 calls across the county…?
Eames was jailed for 12 weeks and was also handed down a two-year restraining order to boot.
But what about revoking his ‘entitlement’ to the 999 system? Would that not have been a suitable punishment as well? Revoking access to the 999 system, would also act as a deterrent to other would-be timewasters.
In one of the calls, Eames gloats to the 999 call handler stating: “I won’t get arrested, I promise you”. In another fake 999 call, he stated that a fish tank had broken and that it had made the floor wet….
Allison Burrows, the force’s station manager of control, said: “Hoax calls waste our time, costs the public money and, more worryingly, really do put lives at risk. We hope the recordings help show this.
“I am extremely proud of the team for the rigorous yet professional way they exposed the caller with a series of challenging questions until he hung up.
“On further calls they tried to explain the seriousness of his actions and the potential life-threatening consequences while also urging him to get support for himself.”
Eames’ raft of hoax calls were carried out between Christmas Eve and January 4.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman Councillor Chris Carter added: “People calling in with false reports need to consider how they would feel if someone delayed firefighters getting to them or their loved ones.
Eames clearly is a prime example of an attention seeking fool. You can almost ‘expect’ this sort of behaviour from a teenager who is still learning about life, but not from a 23-year old man.
At 23, I had already been sent to two war zones when I served in the forces. I joined the armed forces aged 16, and any youth-related inclination that I had towards self-importance was quickly ‘removed’ by my older comrades with whom I served.
I am an advocate of National Service, as being in the Military quickly teaches you about what is important in the world, and just as quickly removes any notion of self-importance and attention seeking.
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