Up to 280 calls are made to emergency services each year from people stranded in lifts or locked out of their homes.
The plan to charge for non-emergency call-outs was revealed in the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority report.
The aim is to cut the number of non-emergency call-outs and the report said it believed locksmiths and lift companies could provide a much more sophisticated service than that provided by the fire and rescue services.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Sep 20, 2005|
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