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Fire crews issue parking warning

Tuesday February 7 2017

Fire crews were delayed reaching a blaze because of double parked cars Fire crews were delayed reaching a blaze because of double parked cars

FIRE CREWS have issued a plea to drivers to be considerate of where they park after a fire engine was delayed on its way to an emergency due to double parked cars on a narrow street.

Fire crews were called out to reports of a fire at a nursing home in Sheffield late last month.

However, the crew was unable to reach the incident due to parked cars blocking their way, forcing them to find another route and delaying the time it took them to reach the fire.

 Tony Carlin, Head of Emergency Response said: “Bad parking is a real problem for firefighters.

"Fire engines require a gap of almost 3 meters to get through. We appreciate that people like to park as close to their property as possible, but please think could a fire engine or other emergency vehicle get through the gap.

"With every second counting when attending a fire or road crash it is vital that they can get down streets quickly and safely.”

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Reply Posted by The man with no face on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 13:03
It's ridicules, it would have served them right if the fire engine had rammed the cars out of the way because it's actually leagal for them to do that

Reply Posted by Gordon Bennett on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 13:11
As ever, a spokesperson for the council blames someone else. If Tony Carlin doesn't like people parking their cars perfectly legally on the road, he and his council mates should build more car parks.

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 13:16
Absolutely clueless

Reply Posted by Nadia on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 13:34
If Tony Carlin and his pals want to drive down narrow roads in their fire engines why don't they buy narrower fire engines? 3 metres is far too wide for a road vehicle.

Reply Posted by Considerate Parker on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 13:50
If not able to finance a garage or drive at least be considerate. A broken wing mirror is a small price to pay to save a life

Reply Posted by Tatt on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 14:18
Would they be so condemning of fire engines wanting to come down the street if it was their house and family in danger. Most streets were built before cars were this popular, but if you pull on to pavement leaving that gap for fire engines bin lorries etc. people can't get down with pushchairs or wheelchairs so what is the answer building more car parks will it work, would the cars be safe or is it it a long way to walk from home. So if the bellyachers below have the answer put it on here

Reply Posted by Richard on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 14:29
The man with no face, your spelling is appalling. Please see below:

Reply Posted by Anon on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 14:30
Nadia....Fire engines are 3 metres wide because they have a tank holding nearly 2000 litres of water in the back. You know....the stuff they need to actually put your house out when it's on fire!

Reply Posted by Nadia on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 16:11
Anon, we've all got a water supply in our own homes so why do fire engines need to carry water with them? Just plug their hose into the kitchen tap of whatever house is on fire and they can have as much water as they like.

Reply Posted by Karon on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 15:28
It's a lose lose situation. While I fully appreciate that enough room should be left to accommodate fire engines. You also get idiots parking on the pavement of a street wide enough to let fire engines through. These idiots that park on the pavement give no thought to prays and wheelchairs. If the street is narrow then leave space for fire engines. If the street is wide enough stop parking on the pavement

Reply Posted by Anon on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 16:46
Nadia.....the hoses used in house fires to effectively and safely extinguish fires, consume between 450-900 litres of water every minute all supplied by the fire engine. The supply from the tap in your house would struggle to supply 25 litres a minute.

Reply Posted by DTY on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 18:24
Could the fire engines not be made taller and narrowed slightly

Reply Posted by RNLI on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 20:47
Good idea. And while you are about it, could the fire engines be made less noisy, fewer flashing lights when they are at a scene. I know they need to be loud and visible when they are dashing to an incident, but once they get there they could be quieter especially in the middle of the night.

Reply Posted by positive thinking on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 22:57
People want to start and think where there parking their cars its peoples lives that are at risk if the fire engine can't get through and the ones slating fire engines being noisy and stuff get over it its there to do a job not to please you and everyone else take things in future into consideration you ungrateful two faced people you would all be kicking off if it was your families they couldn't get to quick enough two faced is all I'm saying

Reply Posted by Anna on Wednesday February 8 2017 at 07:37
People double park at the bottom of my street every school morning & it does my head in for this exact reason. A lot of them live within walking distance too. The police have been around some mornings to ask the not to do it but it still happens. Give them a ticket.

Reply Posted by Jean Poole on Wednesday February 8 2017 at 10:57
The main problem here is that too many people own cars and have nowhere to park them. The solution surely would be to limit the number of people who can own a car. People who don't work, are retired or live on council estates can get the bus, there's no reason why they should be allowed to own cars at all.

Reply Posted by Geno on Wednesday February 8 2017 at 13:59
Way too many cars! People who work in an office all day don't need cars. What is the point in having a car, stood idle all day for 8 - 12 hours while you are working. High earners should abandon car ownership and embrace mini cabs or Ubers. Retired people should definitely keep their cars so they can get to all their appointments and will not need someone to go with them to stop them slipping, sliding, falling while going on public transport.
I have to say, there are a lot of other people - in particular under 20s - who amaze me with their ability to juggle their very limited finances in order to buy and run a car ( road tax, insurance, MOT, upkeep, petrol.)
We should follow their shining example!

Reply Posted by AHR on Wednesday February 8 2017 at 13:36
You can't win if you park on the kerb you get abuse from people on Mobility scooters, foresight is a great thing!

Reply Posted by Me, Here, Now on Thursday February 9 2017 at 10:09
I live near Birkwood School in Cudworth, and noticed this week how many people were parking in the Westhaven old people`s estate, and on the junctions of the nearby streets to drop their children off at school. The emergency services would have no chance of getting into those streets if they were needed, and I would welcome the day that a fire engine either rammed them off the road or dragged them out of the way.
People need to be more thoughtful of others, and less shellfish of their `I`ll only be five minutes` attitude.

Reply Posted by You, There, Then on Thursday February 9 2017 at 11:01
Yes, less shellfish are needed. There's far too many crabs and lobsters blocking the roads.

Reply Posted by Me, now! on Thursday February 9 2017 at 13:34
I don't suppose any of you people live near BDGH?? That's where thoughtless parking takes place. Warner Road at its jct with Pogmoor Rd and Pennine Way has on any day Monday to Friday between 30 and up to 50+ cars parked on the pavement on both sides or the road. The cars start to arrive between 6.30am, and the rest of the day up to 6pm ish. If people put cones outside properties for deliveries etc, these kind thoughtful people move them. God help us, because BMBC don't give a stuff. Or BDGH for that matter.

Reply Posted by X on Thursday February 9 2017 at 22:32
It must be frustrating living on those busy streets. But the cars you are talking about - are they parked illegally and would they be in the way of fire engines? If not there's nothing to be done as it's illegal to put cones out to save your space, bless it's your own private land!

Reply Posted by X on Friday February 10 2017 at 09:51

Reply Posted by JustMyOpinion on Saturday February 11 2017 at 13:59
I'd happily buy the council as many tins of yellow paint as they can handle if I thought it would make any difference. Too many people are being far too inconsiderate with their parking. I live near Birkwood primary school and I can completely agree with "me, here,now" the parking there is ridiculous at school drop off and pick up time. On top of that the whole of Darfield Road parking is horrendous. Manor road is an absolute joke with people parked on the junction not a minutes walk away from a police station.
The fire brigade should'nt have to be bringing this to peoples attention. The police should have been dealing with dangerous parking all along.

Reply Posted by paul on Wednesday February 15 2017 at 14:35
We have that issue on our street, but i'm assuming bmbc have no common sense in their ranks. There are grass verges that could and should be dug out for residents and visitors to be able to park. Its not rocket science #GOODGRIEF

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