Ghanaians place almost 300,000 fake calls to the Fire Service

Ghanaians place almost 300,000 fake calls to the Fire Service

- The Fire Service has indicated that it recorded almost 300,000 fake calls within 10 days

- The service further disclosed that only 3 calls from people within that period were genuinely in danger

- It added that it receives almost 4000 calls on a daily basis

Information available to shows that the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) recorded more than 297,000 calls between December 24, 2018 and January 2, 2019.

The GNFS has disclosed that it receives calls from an average of 4000 phone numbers on a daily basis.

Shedding light on the matter, the Assistant Fire Master at the Fire Service Control Room, Divisional Officer Grade II (DOII) Joyce Ghansah, stated that out of the almost 300,000 calls received during the period, only three were calls from people genuinely in distress.

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Ghansah went on to say the prank callers did various things when officers pick up their calls.

Some of them, she went on, demanded call recharge cards, others called to propose love to female officers who answered the calls, some others still rained insults on officers, while another group raised false alarms.

She noted that prank calls from the public had become a major challenge for the GNFS, adding that sometimes the only option was to block the phone numbers of such callers and make it impossible for them to call subsequently.

Per a, Ghansah said they had been compelled to apply such in order to free the lines for persons who actually needed help.

According to her, there had been many instances where the GNFS dispatched fire tenders and officers only to find out on arrival at the scenes that they had been pranked, stressing that such occurrences resulted in losses for the service.

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