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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Motorists Urged to Think Before Parking

03/09/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging motorists think before they park due to issues they are having driving fire engines down a number of streets in the County.

"All we ask is that you consider where you’re parking your vehicle – have a check around before you leave it."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

The call comes as children return to school, as a number of the problem areas occur outside schools during drop off and pick up times.

New postcards have been produced which firefighters will leave on the windscreens of any vehicles they come across parked inconsiderately.

The leaflets bear the message ‘Think before you park: The extra time taken to reach an incident can cost lives! It could be your property we are trying to reach.’

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "The problems we often find are that emergency appliances cannot get down streets because of the way in which people have parked.

"This not only affects firefighters as they are driving around carrying out community safety work, crucially it means they could be delayed in reaching an emergency situation.

"We would ask that vehicle owners consider where and how they are parking so that an emergency vehicle can safely pass. A fire engine is approximately three metres wide and to comfortably pass parked vehicles, a four metre gap is required.

"We find the streets surrounding schools, particularly primary schools, are frequent problem areas. All we ask is that you consider where you’re parking your vehicle – have a check around before you leave it: can a fire engine get past easily?

"Don’t park on street corners and try to avoid parking parallel to another car on the opposite side of the road. I’m sure if people took a second to think about it, they wouldn’t want to be the reason for delaying a fire engine in an emergency."