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Men stuck in handcuffs top list of bizarre 999 calls to Bromley firefighters

PUBLISHED: 11:01 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 30 July 2013

Men stuck in handcuffs, hands stuck in shredders and a 12-year-old stuck in a baby swing are just some of the bizarre incidents attended by Bromley firefighters over the past three years.

Figures released last week to prevent non-emergency calls also showed more than 60 people had called 999 with rings stuck on their fingers since June 2010.

The London Fire Brigade have attended more than 1,300 incidents involving people trapped or stuck in everyday household items, according to the figures.

Each incident costs taxpayers just under £300, meaning the incidents have cost at least £377,000 to date.

Despite the unusual incidents, the brigade are keen to stress people should always dial 999 in a genuine emergency.

Third officer, Dave Brown, said: “Some of the incidents our firefighters are called out could be prevented with a little common sense.

“I don’t know whether it’s the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up. I’m sure most people will be Fifty Shades of red by the time our crews arrive to free them.

“I’d like to remind everyone that 999 is an emergency number and should only be used as such.

“When firefighters are out attending to some of these avoidable incidents, someone else could be in real need of emergency assistance.”


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