Selfish parkers block fire crew

Poor parking in Westfield is preventing fire engines from getting through. Picture by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. SUS-150724-165247001
Poor parking in Westfield is preventing fire engines from getting through. Picture by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. SUS-150724-165247001

Firefighters are highlighting the need for drivers to park responsibly following concerns selfish motorists are blocking access for emergency vehicles.

Westfield residents contacted The Ridge Fire Station in Hastings to express concerns about irresponsible and illegal parking in the village.

They fear dodgy parking could prevent emergency vehicles reaching them in the event of a fire.

A crew from Blue Watch at The Ridge drove one of the station’s fire engines to Westfield to check out the issue and took photographs of it trying to access some of the streets in the village.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Locality Manager Keith Morris said poorly parked vehicles could result in a tragedy if fire appliances aren’t able to get through.

He said:“We were contacted by some of the residents of Westfield who had concerns over the lack of access to some of the streets due to poor parking.

“Fire engines are classed as large goods vehicles and they need plenty of room to be able to drive down streets safely.

“When we arrive at an incident, we also need room to access our safety equipment which is stored in both the sides and rear of the vehicle.

“Poorly parked vehicles could cause a delay in us being able to reach a fire which could ultimately result in tragedy.

“We are asking all residents to consider both themselves and others when they park their vehicles.

“Remember, you, your friends and family are irreplaceable so help us to help you, always park responsibly”

Drivers caught obstructing or hindering emergency vehicles could face a hefty fine under the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006.

If you believe someone is parking irresponsibly and preventing access for an emergency vehicle, contact Sussex Police on 101.

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