Motorists who park inconsiderately on the road outside Cheadle Community Fire Station are being warned they are putting lives at risk.
"This inconsiderate parking is creating a real issue for firefighters who are trying to protect members of the community. We have been very lucky that, so far, the incidents we have attended where this has been a problem have not been life-threatening."
Watch Manager Ant Fowell
Firefighters are being forced to drive on the wrong side of the road when they turn right out of the station due to cars and vans parking along Ashbourne Road.
There have been a number of incidents recently where crews haven’t been able to manoeuvre past the vehicles when they have been responding to 999 calls.
So far, none of the incidents have been life-threatening but Crew Manager Ant Fowell said that is a matter of luck.
He is now joining forces with Cheadle PC Dave Stubbs to address the problem.
Watch Manager Fowell said: "This inconsiderate parking is creating a real issue for firefighters who are trying to protect members of the community. We have been very lucky that, so far, the incidents we have attended where this has been a problem have not been life-threatening.
"However, if we were responding to a house fire or a road traffic collision, the consequences could be absolutely devastating if we are delayed due to vehicles blocking the road. I would strongly urge motorists to think very carefully about where they park.
"Although it is not illegal to park on that stretch, it is an infringement of the junction and we will be working closely with the local PC to tackle the issue and make motorists aware of the risks they are creating."
PC Dave Stubbs said: "We will not tolerate anyone who parks in such a way that restricts access for emergency vehicles and anyone found doing so will be faced with a hefty fine."