Inter-ministerial body established to address prank calls to emergency service providers

An inter-ministerial body, headed by the Ministry of Science, Energy, Telecommunications and Transport, is working to put measures in place to address the issue of prank calls to emergency service providers.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond Mckenzie, made the disclosure in the house of representatives on Wednesday.

He said the work of the inter-ministerial body will provide some relief, while legislative review is undertaken to deal specifically with prank calls.

He was speaking against the background of six prank calls to the Jamaica Fire Brigade in the aftermath of Monday’s earthquake.

Mister McKenzie condemned the acts, noting that the false calls could have diverted emergency services away from people in life threatening situations.

In the meantime, he informed that the JFB will be increasing disaster training drills in schools and communities.

He pointed out that while inspections continue to provide a full assessment of the impact of the earthquake, “Jamaica is still open for business”.


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