THREE teenagers have been caught making hoax 999 calls.
The youngsters - two boys and a girl - after a massive upsurge in malicious calls in Meltham.
The village's retained fire crew was sent to each one - sometimes backed up by crews from Slaithwaite and Marsden.
Stephen Fealy, station manager for Slaithwaite, Marsden and Meltham fire stations, said: "The calls were made from both a mobile phone and a landline.
"I worked closely with Pc Barry Simmons and phone companies to identify the culprits.
"When the crews were out dealing with these malicious calls if a serious incident had happened it could have led to terrible consequences. All three admitted their part ."
He said the parents of the three teenagers also fully supported the fire service investigation.
All three teenagers were given £80 fixed penalty tickets.
Station Manager Fealy said the Meltham station normally has around five hoax calls in a year - but last December that number soared to around 14.
They were mostly made on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.