DON’T PUT LIVES AT RISK

Fire­fight­ers’ plea to mo­torists when they park their cars

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS have hit out at in­con­sid­er­ate park­ers in Bea­cons­field af­ter a fire en­gine was held up be­cause of cars parked on two sides of a street.

They have urged peo­ple to think about ac­cess for emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in Cam­bridge Road, Bea­cons­field, on Fri­day.

Watch com­man­der Paul Casey of Bea­cons­field Fire Sta­tion said: “We lost what could have been vi­tal time as we had to get out of the fire en­gine and push in the wing mir­rors of the ve­hi­cles in front of us. We lit­er­ally had an inch to spare on ei­ther side.”

The call turned out to be a false alarm caused by a smoke alarm ac­ti­vat­ing in a house. Fire­fight­ers took this photo as they were pre­par­ing to leave af­ter check­ing that there was no fire.

They hope that the pic­ture here and the in­ci­dent draw at­ten­tion to the is­sue of in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing, and that peo­ple think more about where they are leav­ing their cars.

Keith Wheeler, Bucks Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s road safety of­fi­cer, said: “Many streets were not de­signed to ac­com­mo­date the num­ber of cars that res­i­dents want to park in them.

“A fire en­gine needs 10 feet or three me­tres to pass safely. Streets congested with parked cars can de­lay fire en­gines and other emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles at­tend­ing an in­ci­dent, and any other large ve­hi­cles that need ac­cess.

“We are urg­ing res­i­dents to think about their park­ing as they could be putting the lives of their fam­i­lies, friends and neigh­bours at risk.

“The way cars are parked can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween the emer­gency ser­vices sav­ing a life or not.”

Are driv­ers caus­ing a dan­ger with the way they park their cars? Email us at

buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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