Crucial crew.

Harry the Hoaxer is helping to reduce the number of hoax calls made by children to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. The character, created by the brigade's Youth Officer Lynn Hosking, is being used to get over to youngsters the message that they must not make false fire calls which divert firefighters away from a real emergency.

Harry the Hoaxer joins Verity the Vandal and Billy the Bully as the three "stars" of this year's Crucial Crew event organised by the Community Safety Partnership at Telford and Wrekin Council Fire and police officers are linking with the borough council to educate more than 1,000 year six pupils from 25 Telford and Wrekin junior schools. …

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