Fire crews from Carlisle dealt with a number of hoax emergency calls on Monday (16th November) evening. A group of youngsters have been warned about risking lives and wasting emergency resources.
A spokesperson from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters responded to a number of emergency calls, all of which the crew from Carlisle East Fire Station promptly attended.
"In attendance, it was found that not one of them were in fact a real emergency. Responding to these types of call can have a life-threatening impact on others.
"The calls started from just after 6pm when the crew were directed to the Harraby and Petteril Bank area. Then at least three more hoaxes came as the night continued.
"The seriousness of these calls meant that we involved the police to track down where the calls had been coming from- a number of which came from phone boxes in the area.
"We will continue to work with the police in regards to hoax calls. These calls are dangerous. Every emergency call is treated as an emergency, and these call take up valuable resources and can put lives in danger."
In a joint statement, Cumbria police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: “Misuse of the public emergency telephone system through hoax, malicious or nuisance calls is an extremely serious matter.
"Such actions are irresponsible and in the worst cases can put the lives of members of the public at risk. In an emergency, seconds count.
"Abusing the 999 system could mean that emergency resources are dispatched to incidents when in fact they are needed elsewhere.”