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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire chiefs welcome moves to avert tragedy

15/02/2011

New double yellow lines have been introduced on a road in Stafford following concerns that someone would be seriously injured or killed by a fire engine answering an emergency call.

"The consequences of an accident involving an emergency vehicle do not bear thinking about so we are grateful these restrictions are now in place to help reduce the possibility of an accident."

Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Simon Craythorn

The request for lines to be put down was issued by the fire service after a series of near misses on Hydrant Way in the Beaconside area of Stafford.

The ‘close calls’ involved parents picking up, or dropping off, their children at the nearby Weston Road School.

Now Stafford Borough Council parking officers are patrolling the area and handing out leaflets to parents to highlight the new traffic restrictions to motorists.

Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Simon Craythorn said: "Our job involves saving lives and it is the safety of the public that is paramount to our service. It was extremely difficult for our vehicles answering emergency calls to negotiate cars and other larger vehicles parked close to the station - and on occasions there have been several close calls.

"The consequences of an accident involving an emergency vehicle do not bear thinking about so we are grateful these restrictions are now in place to help reduce the possibility of an accident.

"Although these double yellow lines have addressed the issue of parking we still have the problem of pedestrians crossing the road without looking. We’d like to remind people to take extra care when crossing the road - not only do we have the fire engines responding to emergencies we have staff driving to and from the site throughout the day."

Borough and County Councillor, John Francis, chairman of the Joint Parking Committee, said: "We could have a tragedy waiting to happen here so it was important we moved quickly to ensure restrictions were put in place before a fatal or serious accident occurred."