Strange but true call outs for fire crew

FIREFIGHTERS have revealed some of the more bizarre incidents they have attended in Northamptonshire over the past three years.

A Freedom of Information request has shown that crews cut 44 rings off people’s fingers as well as rescuing someone who became trapped inside a vending machine.

In total, firefighters have been called out to assist 34 people in the county who have trapped themselves in various different objects and rooms since April 2009.

The data shows that seven people have trapped themselves in the bath, three in bed, three in railings, one in a stairlift, three in mobility scooters, one in floorboards and one in a metal tube.

Firefighters have also had to remove 62 objects from people including seven sets of handcuffs, two toilets, a bike chain, a workshop tool, a lock and a games console remote control.

A total of five people locked themselves in rooms including three in the bathroom and one in a backroom.

Other unusual rescues carried out by firefighters in the past three years included someone being released from a loft space, one from a toilet and one person from playground equipment.

A spokesman from Northamptonshire County Council reminded people to think before calling out fire crews.