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UK fire service considers using 'tweets' for fire calls

Because of Twitter's popularity, the fire service may allow civilians to "tweet" instead of calling


LONDON — Officials with London's Fire Brigade say they are looking at ways to allow people to tweet emergencies rather than dial the 999 emergency services number.

They acknowledged the increasing presence of smartphones means the service must "improve how we communicate with the public," even though they presently advise against using social media to report fires as such sites are not monitored 24 hours a day, the BBC reported Monday.

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