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Badly parked cars delay firefighters

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On Sunday night, Halstead firefighters were delayed getting to an incident because of badly parked cars which blocked the quickest route to the incident. The fire crews had to take a different, and longer, route to get the incident because of the way people had parked their cars on the street.

Station Manager Steven Byrne at Halstead Fire Station said:

“We don’t believe that anyone wants to delay us when we are called to an incident, but people often don’t consider how their parking affects our response. They might only plan to be parked somewhere for a few minutes, but that few minutes could make all the difference.

“While on their way to this incident, our firefighters found they could not take the most direct route because of an inconsiderately parked car – forcing them to detour and take a longer, less efficient path.

“The extra time taken for the fire engine to arrive could have made all the difference. We ask residents to please be considerate about how and where you park and whether you could potentially be putting others’ lives at risk.”

THINK - we can't help you if we can't get to you.

THINK about space for emergency vehicles. Bad parking can cost lives.

 

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