Friday, July 11: Tree climbing kids 999 fear

PUBLISHED: 16:22 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH youngsters who climb trees and claim they are stuck in order to be rescued by the fire brigade could delay the emergency services responding to a real emergency, the fire service says. The message comes after Exmouth firefighters were called to Ph

EXMOUTH youngsters who climb trees and claim they are stuck in order to be rescued by the fire brigade could delay the emergency services responding to a real emergency, the fire service says.The message comes after Exmouth firefighters were called to Phear Park to rescue a 12-year-old lad from a tree on Monday evening.The boy had been climbing with friends, claimed he was stuck and could not get down then called the fire brigade for help shortly after 6pm.Exmouth watch commander Nigel Snowshall said the town's firefighters had received a spate of calls from youngsters claiming to be stuck in trees. Mr Snowshall said the culprit had been no more than eight feet from the ground and was able to climb down with the help of his friends once the fire brigade arrived."It's tying up valuable resources when all they want to do is say 'I have been rescued by a firefighter'," said Mr Snowshall. "It could end up with a delay to a real emergency.

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