CHIEFS at Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, backed by bosses at West Mercia Police, are reminding drivers to be mindful of where they park on narrow roads as it could prevent fire engines and other emergency vehicles from accessing an emergency.
Fire officers will be distributing leaflets branded ‘No Way Thru’ to warn people about the stark realities of inconsiderate parking, and provide some parking tips to enable emergency service vehicles access.
They say when parking:
· Park close to the kerb
· Fold in wing mirrors
· In narrow streets only park on one side of the road (where possible)
· Obey the Highway Code and road markings such as yellow lines and box junctions
· Do not park too close to corners or traffic calming measures
Assistant chief fire officer John Hodges said: “We are urging people to think before they park, emergency vehicles need more space than an average car.
“Inconsiderate parking can obstruct emergency vehicles and cause delays.
“If you would struggle to fit a car or van through parked cars it is very unlikely a fire engine and other emergency access vehicles will get through.
“Please think about how and where you park. Every second counts when someone needs our help.”
Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans from West Mercia Police added anything which slows the emergency service can make a huge impact.
“When our officers are responding to an emergency, every second counts.
“I would urge everyone to be aware of the need for emergency vehicles to get past when they park and to make sure they leave enough room for us to get through safely.”