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The Pocatello Fire Department and Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office is warning restaurant employees and owners about a scam concerning their fire suppression systems.
Recently, officials have received reports of businesses getting calls from someone claiming to be a firefighter in the area. The caller will ask the employee to activate the restaurant’s fire suppression system. Pocatello Fire Department Chief David Gates says while the caller may sound reputable, even going so far as to provide details about local fire stations, a system test over the phone is something no fire department or fire suppression service agency would ever ask anyone to do.
“No one from Pocatello Fire will ever call or contact you and ask you to personally test your suppression system,” said Chief Gates. “These systems should only be tested by professionals and in a very controlled setting.”
In a news release, the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office said activating the fire suppression system costs restaurant owners thousands of dollars and hours of lost time. As a result, scammers who are identified could face felony charges.
If you have any questions or have been affected by this scam, contact the Pocatello Fire Department at 234-7083 or the Pocatello Police Department at 234-6100.