DON’T PUT LIVES AT RISK
Firefighters’ plea to motorists when they park their cars
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.”
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