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FOURTH FALSE ALARM CALL TO WOOTTON PROPERTY FOR FIRE SERVICE

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have been and gone from a property in Wootton this evening (Thursday) following a fourth call out to the address in as many weeks.

3 fire appliances – 2 from Newport and 1 from East Cowes – rushed to St Edmunds Walk at just before 19:00 following a 999 call reporting a house fire.

However, it was quickly established by the first crews on scene that the call was infact a false alarm – a reoccuring incident at the bungalow in question.

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Resources have now stood down from the incident and are available to respond to a real emergency should the need arise.

Island Echo understands an elderly individual lives at the property and that fire officers are looking into the situation with the appropriate agencies.


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Golly
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Golly

Make them pay for the call outs!! Wasting fire fighters time!! Idiots!

Colin Baker
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Colin Baker

It may well be an elderly confused person, possibly in early stages of dementia. You have no right to call them an idiot. They obviously are in need of help

Julie Blake
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Julie Blake

If they feel obligated to turn out surely one appliance would suffice this resident needs locking up if not in prison then in some sort of care anyone who keeps doing this should not be living in the community their judgement is obviously severely impaired

Amy
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Amy

Out of interest, how would you feel if this was an elderly family member and someone was saying they shouldn’t live in the community? Think before you speak. You never know what someone is going through behind closed doors. The elderly person living there may have the early onset of dementia or some sort of PTSD from an event in their life which has lead to confusion and them calling the emergency services.

Liz
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Liz

It depends if the 999 calls are indeed malicious. It maybe the man in question has significant mental health or ability issues in which case the appropriate agencies will intervene to keep him safe the resources in a state of preparedness.
Of course, if it is malicious- throw the book at them.

Tamsin Burwood
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Tamsin Burwood

I feel the comments made are unfair as there is obviously an underlying issue with this elderly person and the fire crews have already said they are talking to the relevant agancies . How would putting someone like this in prison help !? There are so many elderly people out there that need so much more support than they are getting. If you have an elderly neighbour who lives alone ,try checking on them from time to time and then any underlying issue may get picked up on!

Colin Baker
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Colin Baker

Hi Tamsin, I totally agree with you, BUT, try getting help for a person in that situation and all you get is……Sorry Data Protection Act we can not make a referral unless they ask us to get involved. You are banging your head against a brick wall all the time. I know, I have had this problem recently. Maybe the Fire Brigade can get something done.

Paul O'Rourke
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Paul O'Rourke

So, they sent 3 pumps to a property which has given four false alarms in a few weeks, knowing that the owner has mental health problems and regularly makes false calls. This indicates there is a problem with the fire service.

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