by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – Fire Sub Station Officer Mr Timothy Martin is urging members of the public to refrain from making false fire calls to the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services.
Martin stated, “We are just appealing to the general public to desist from making false [fire] calls. It puts a strain on the Government’s resources, which include fuel. You know fuel prices around the world are up; sometimes it’s down, but we can economise where necessary.”
Martin told WINN FM on Tuesday afternoon (September 27) that the Basseterre Fire Headquarters received two false calls in the morning; one at Cayon and the other at West Farm. He explained how such calls can derail the services being offered to the community by the Fire and Rescue Services.
“Whenever a false call is made the appliance might have to go to the extreme ends of the district for example. Someone on the other end of the district might be needing real assistance and with the appliance so far, it only makes it a bit more difficult for that individual to receive the help that they need. Time is of importance when we have to travel from far distances to get to a real call. It is tedious” Martin stated.
The fire official said this is a growing issue and concern for the Fire and Rescue Services and reiterated his appeal for individuals to desist from calling the Fire stations with false alarms.