Firies urge parents to warn children of danger

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE firefighters are urging parents to keep an eye on their children, to avoid fires being lit and prank calls.

Gladstone station officer Ken Pollick said the station had received a number of prank calls five to six years ago, however the numbers were dropping.

'Firecom have put in place new phone systems which enables us to track down the exact location of the call, which helps in the find the prank callers,'he said.

Officer Pollick said there was nothing worse then being sent out on a job, which was not a real emergency.

'The officers treat each case as an emergency and it is frustrating to have to turn around and come back,'he said.

"It's not only taking out time from a real emergency however this was also putting the public at risk by the sirens being lighted up.'

Mr Pollick said it was important for parents to keep a close eye on their kids and keep them aware of the consequences of their actions.

He said parents also needed to keep their children updated as to what could happen when they playedwith fire.

'Gladstone fire fighters are trained professionally to help those children who do have a fascination with fire,'he said.

Gladstone fire professionals will do home visits to ensure children know what can happen.



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