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Archived news releases from Kent Fire and Rescue Service

This page contains a searchable archive of news releases from January 2013 until August 2014.

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Motorists warned that poor parking could kill

Publication date
07 January 2014
News release text
Firefighters are urging inconsiderate motorists to improve their parking outside school gates before lives are lost. 
 
A number of roads around schools are regularly turned into no-go zones for fire engines and other emergency vehicles because cars are left double-parked, at junctions, or too far from the kerb. 
 
In the latest attempt to raise awareness of this problem, fire crews will be supporting colleagues from Kent Police in attending schools in the Herne Bay, Whitstable, and Canterbury areas throughout January, speaking to parents about parking responsibly. 
 
Station Manager Gary Stanford said: “Unfortunately on an all too regular basis fire engines have to crawl through gaps when they respond to incidents due to people’s poor parking and it is particularly bad during the school run. 
 
“In some cases crews have needed to find an alternative route because the quickest journey has been blocked. We are concerned that this could result in tragedy if the delay means they arrive too late to save someone from the deadly effects of smoke and fire. 
 
“Fire engines are wide vehicles and need plenty of space to get to incidents safely without damaging vehicles. Imagine what it would be like if a blaze broke out in your home but while your family was trapped upstairs all you can see is a fire engine delayed further down the road because it can’t get past a badly parked car. We are therefore encouraging parents to think carefully before parking inconsiderately during the school run as it could cost someone their life.” 
 
Firefighters will be handing out leaflets describing a fictitious event where a ten year old boy dies following a car crash just yards from the school gates, where the emergency services have been delayed in reaching the scene due to badly parked cars. 
 
Crews and Community Safety Officers will be at the following schools over the next five weeks: 
 
7th January – Briary School, Herne Bay 
 
9th January – St Stephens, Canterbury 
 
14th January – Herne Bay Junior and Infants, Herne Bay 
 
16th January – Pilgrims Way School, Canterbury 
 
21st January – Joy Lane School, Whitstable 
 
23rd January – Wincheap School, Canterbury 
 
28th January – Reculver Church of England, Herne Bay 
 
30th January – Herne School, Herne Bay 
 
4th February – St Mary’s School – Tankerton 
 
6th February – Swalecliffe School, Swalecliffe 
 
Follow these tips when parking on the school run: 
 
Leave room for fire engines – They need more space to move and corner then a car 
Obey all school parking restrictions 
Park away from corners and junctions 
Avoid parking opposite other cars in narrow areas
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