Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging motorists to be considerate after struggling to reach a blaze for the second time in 24 hours due to parked cars.
Inconsiderate parking causes us unnecessary delays, and lost minutes really can mean the difference between life and death when we are responding to a serious incident. It is an issue that every single road-user can help to avoid by allowing enough room for us to pass.
Crews from Cannock were called to Chasewater country park at 2.50pm on Thursday 28 May to reports of a grass fire near the sailing club off Pool Lane. Firefighters were delayed as they had to make their way on foot and used a council ranger vehicle to move equipment due to the high volume of parked cars.
Fortunately, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze using a main jet before it spread any further.
It came less than a day after a similar incident saw them unable to tackle a fire at the same country park for more than 20 minutes on Wednesday (27 May) evening due to cars blocking their access route on Pool Lane.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Rob Barber said: “We understand that people will want to get out and enjoy Staffordshire’s beautiful scenery over the weekend. However, it is important they do so responsibly.
“Before you set off please check that car parks are open, or ensure that you can park in a safe and considerate way that allows access for fire appliances and other emergency vehicles. If you can’t guarantee this then please think twice about your visit and return at a different time.
“Fire engines are approximately 2.6 meters wide. Therefore, if you’re parking your vehicle and don’t think that a van could get through the space – it is extremely unlikely that a fire engine will – so please keep this in mind, especially on narrow country lanes.
“Inconsiderate parking causes us unnecessary delays, and lost minutes really can mean the difference between life and death when we are responding to a serious incident. It is an issue that every single road-user can help to avoid by allowing enough room for us to pass.”
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