Inconsiderate drivers mean fire crews cannot get to incidents

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 June 2018

Weston Fire Station.

Weston Fire Station.

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Avon Fire and Rescue Service has warned inconsiderate drivers are ‘putting lives at risk’.

From January to May this year crews were delayed in getting to 15 incidents due to poor parking, causing them to have to reroute or abandon trucks.

The service is appealing for drivers to take more care with parking by folding in wing mirrors and avoiding parking too close to corners.

Kevin Denford, health and safety practitioner, said: “Minutes really can mean the difference between life and death when we are responding to an incident.

“Firefighters have to be able to navigate tight roads with large trucks when necessary.

“We ask residents to please be considerate of how they park and to consider whether they could be putting lives at risk.”

Drivers have also been warned, if parking opposite another vehicle, that a fire engine needs at least two car widths to be able to pass through.

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