Fire service warn car owners to park considerately


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Emergency vehicles could be seriously delayed due to vehicles parked inconsiderately by residents and visitors.

THE fire service is asking residents and visitors to be considerate to emergency vehicles when parking.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said it was becoming increasingly concerned that crews could be seriously delayed getting to an emergency due to inconsiderate parking.

Fire service spokesman Paul Slaven said an increasing number of home owners were parking outside of their properties without considering access.

He said: “Some of the streets are narrow even without parked cars.

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“Obviously, the size of our vehicle being what it is, we need slightly more room to manoeuvre than a car.

“This is a holiday area and visitors also need to be aware of parking issues and not automatically switch off when they arrive at their holiday home or sightseeing location.

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“Boats also need to be sensibly positioned and not left inconsiderately on the highway and pavements.”

The fire service is asking people to park close to the kerb, leave enough room for a fire engine or ambulance to pass and leave extra room near tight corners.

Mr Slaven added: “It is an on-going problem which occurs all over the service area and there have been occasions when bad parking has delayed fire engines from reaching serious incidents.

“Every second counts when the emergency services are responding to an incident.”

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