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Don't call 999 unless it's an emergency
THE fire service is urging people not to make unnecessary 999 calls.
Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is reminding members of the public that 999 is for emergency calls only in the light of recent industrial disputes.
Chief fire officer Darran Gunter said: “Whilst the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking people to only call 999 if they really do need a fire engine.
“Our priority will be to respond to those priority calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued.
If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need could be at risk.
“A non-emergency call could be to someone who is locked outside their house or where debris has fallen in the road.
“There are other agencies and organisations that can help in this instance.”
Mr Gunter added: “We do find ourselves in an unusual situation where we must prioritise our calls for those who are most in need of our assistance.
“However, I must emphasise that you should still call 999 in an emergency so that an experienced control room operator can deal with your situation.
“You must not try and call your local fire station directly.”
For further information go to dorset fire.gov.uk or for fire safety advice call 01305 252600.
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