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Could a fire engine get through your road in an emergency?

Firefighters are urging drivers to be considerate when leaving their cars after crews were delayed due to bad parking.

Over the weekend, Saffron Walden firefighters were delayed on their return from an incident by cars that were double parked on a road. Crews had to knock on doors to locate owners.

Thankfully, the firefighters were returning from an incident but there have been a number of incidents recently where Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service and Essex Police have had to find alternate routes.

Watch Manager Paul Curtis from Saffron Walden Fire Station said: “In an emergency, every second counts and delays could mean the difference between life and death.

“When you’re parking, consider if an emergency vehicle can fit through the space.”

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