Telemarketers identifying themselves as the "First Responders of Bedford" have reportedly been making calls to Bedford residents in recent days claiming to raise funds for the town's public safety departments.
A skeptical resident who received one such call contacted Bedford Fire officials to confirm the telemarketer was, in fact, associated with department.
She reported that the telemarketer became agitated when questioned, according to a statement from Bedford firefighter and EMT, Thomas F. Green.
"As the President of the Bedford Firefighters Association, I can confirm that we do no phone calls soliciting the residents of Bedford," said Green. "As the President of the Professional firefighters of Bedford, President Jon Snow advises that they do no phone solicitations in Bedford as well.
"Any and all contributions for the Bedford Firefighters Association are generated through individual and corporate donations through letters generated by our treasurer and our fundraising events of our Annual Firemen's Ball and our Toll Boot Drive," added Green.
In addition, the Bedford Professional Firefighters Association raises funds through its annual golf tournament.
The Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) conducts some donation-raising phone efforts, but Green says Bedford FD is always notified ahead of time and noted that PFFNH representatives always identify themselves accordingly.
Furthermore, The Bedford Police Union also confirmed that they are not making any phone call fundraising solicitations at this time.
Any resident who receives such a phone call is encouraged to contact the fire department at 472-3219.