Joint bid to beat hoax 999 callers; POSTERS IN PHONE BOXES AND QUIZZES IN SCHOOLS AIM TO GET MESSAGE ACROSS.
Byline: PETER MAGILL
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Firefighters in the West Midlands West Midlands, former metropolitan county, central England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Birmingham conurbation and comprised seven metropolitan districts: Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull, brigade respond to more than 8,000 false alarms every year, while they could be needed at genuine emergencies.
Now the fire service has linked up with BT to pinpoint the worst sites for malicious calls.
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Plans are also in place for an education programme for primary schools, featuring the cartoon character Kiosk kiosk
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The scheme includes a fun quiz A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players (as individuals or in teams) attempt to answer questions correctly. Quizzes are also brief assessments used in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills. , video and role-playing exercises.
Malcolm Newing, BT's pay phones director, described the offending of·fend
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He said: "Most fake 999 calls are made by children and although most culprits are in their teens, we are convinced that getting the safety message across to younger children will prevent them getting involved when they get older."
Jim McCulloch, an assistant divisional officer for the West Midlands brigade, said: "Malicious calls reduce the efficiency of any fire service, because obviously fire engines cannot be in two places at once.
"If crews are responding to hoax calls, they are not available to answer genuine calls for help. Any delay in attending an emergency could mean the difference between life and death."
Coventry's hoax call rate is not high compared to other areas, but the overall figures give cause for concern.