Two appliances from Newport Fire Station turned out to Elm Grove, Cowes shortly before 16:40 after a 999 call was received reporting a garden shed alight.
Upon arrival of fire crews, it was made clear that there was no fire and that the call had been a hoax.
Hoax calls can costs lives – in this instance two frontline appliances were taken off station and potentially away from a real emergency. In addition, retained fire crews have left their normal place of work to respond to the ’emergency’, which has a financial impact on both the service and employers.
This video spells out clearly the dangers of hoax calls. Only dial 999 in a genuine emergency.