I tend to consider myself as being a bit of an ‘animal lover’ and so I never like to see any of Gods fellow creation in distress.
However, I cannot understand why someone would deem it to be fit-and-proper to dial 999 and ask to speak to the police, owing to the fact that a bird is stuck in their chimney?
When I was a teenager, I remember once that we had a crow that got stuck in our chimney.
And what did my Dad do? He proceeded to make a hole in the wall in order to let the bird escape.
I don’t think that even for one split second, he would have considered dialling 999 and asking for the police to send a unit round to our address in order to set the bird free.
But earlier on today, police staff at the West Midlands Police Control Room tweeted about one such call that was made to them this morning.
In the tweet, @WMPContact said:
“We understand its distressing if a bird gets trapped in your chimney, but not a reason to call 999 for the police!
“Caller was advised to contact our @RSPCA_Official friends for advice and guidance.
“Please think before you call 999”.
We are living in strange times when people expect the police to send resources round in order to deal with a bird that is stuck in a chimney.
Maybe it’s time that we started offering free ‘workshops’ to people in order to educate them about the 999 system, what it is for and, more importantly, what it is not for.
I am sure that as a result of these free workshops, then not only would the 999 system be less clogged with ’emergency’ calls which are not emergencies, but also people with genuine emergencies would probably have more chance of getting through when they need genuine help.
In an emergency.
I am fairly confident that the person who made the 999 call to the police has heard of the RSPCA. So why didn’t they phone them? The mind boggles…
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