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Fire service urges motorists to think twice when parking

January 10 2020

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging motorists to be considerate when parking after they were delayed in attending a fire in Burslem.

 

Please think twice when you park your car, try not to park opposite another vehicle and leave enough space for us to get through. If you take a look at your street just ask yourself if something happened in your home, how difficult would it be for us to get to you to help?"

Station Manager Ed Case

Crews were called to Tellwright Street, Burslem, at 11.30pm on Monday 6 January to reports of a bin fire. It took the fire engine an additional 15 minutes to get to the scene due to a number of vehicles inappropriately parked along the street.

Fortunately, the firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to any greenery or nearby properties. However, the crew were called to another fire and were delayed again when leaving the area due to high volume of cars double parked on both sides of the street.

Station Manager Ed Case said: "We understand that people want to park outside their homes but we just ask you to consider if a fire appliance or other emergency vehicle would be able to get through. It was very fortunate that this incident was a bin fire and not a blaze at someone’s home or a serious collision where they might have been trapped waiting for us to go and rescue them.

"In this case it took 15 minutes to get the engine through the street, with two firefighters guiding them through. In a serious incident those minutes are precious and could be the difference between someone making it out of a fire or not.

"Please think twice when you park your car, try not to park opposite another vehicle and leave enough space for us to get through. If you take a look at your street just ask yourself if something happened in your home, how difficult would it be for us to get to you to help?"