Fire service asks drivers to ‘park sensibly’ for an emergency

Firefighters in Lincolnshire are asking residents to park considerately in a bid to improve access in an emergency.
Firefighters in Lincolnshire are asking residents to park considerately in a bid to improve access in an emergency.
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Motorists across South Holland are being asked by firefighters to park sensibly to help crews in case of emergencies.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has made the appeal after recent cases where crews have been faced with access and parking issues.

Firefighters are asking vehicle owners to think where they park in a bid to improve access in an emergency, something Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is faced with on a daily basis in the county

Danny Moss, deputy divisional commander at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Our streets were not designed to accommodate the number of cars that are now being parked on them.

“This coupled with households having two, three or four cars, all wanting them to be parked close to their home, and we are finding that residents are sometimes double-parking, parking at an angle or even parking on double yellow lines.

“Our fire engines need a gap of ten feet, or three metres, to pass safely and if a road is congested with parked cars on both sides, this can delay us by minutes.

Our fire engines need a gap of ten feet, or three metres, to pass safely and if a road is congested with parked cars on both sides, this can delay us by minutes

Danny Moss, deputy divisional commander at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

“Every minute counts in an emergency so we would urge people who park on the roadside to park tightly to the kerb, fold in their wing mirrors and avoid parking on a junction.

“This would to help us to provide the prompt emergency response that is rightly expected of us.”