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“It’s the moon. Over.”

July 5, 2008

This week must be global emergency services awareness week.  A number of Victorian children were presented with awards for being calm in a number of crises, calling 000 and saving lives. In Britain, there has been a campaign to remind people that 999 is to be used for emergencies only.  The message has been getting through, which should mean that South Wales police should receive fewer of these calls:

Control Room: “South Wales Police, what’s your emergency?”

Caller: “It’s not really. I just need to inform you that across the mountain there’s a bright stationary object.”

Control room: “Right.”

Caller: “If you’ve got a couple of minutes perhaps you could find out what it is? It’s been there at least half an hour and it’s still there.”

Control: “It’s been there for half an hour. Right. Is it actually on the mountain or in the sky?”

Caller: “It’s in the air.”

Control: “I will send someone up there now to check it out.”

Caller: “OK.”

———————-

Control: “Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?”

Officer: “Yes, it’s the moon. Over.”

via BBC News

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