Emergency response times affected by drivers leaving cars in front of station exit

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image). Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

Fire crews are being “significantly delayed” when trying to respond to 999 calls because of drivers blocking the station exit, it has emerged.

In the last two months, an increasing number of drivers are said to have left their cars in the forecourt of the fire station in Old Station Road, Loughton.

Firefighters say they have been forced to waste precious time manoeuvring the engines out of tight gaps between cars.

Station Commander Kevin Haywood says drivers are putting people in danger.

He said: “We say this all the time because it is true, every second counts when we are responding to an emergency call.

“It takes the engines tens of seconds, to a minute, to get out when people have parked in front of the station.

“People are having to jump off and direct the engine backwards and forwards. That is time we just cannot afford.

Friday and Saturday nights are when the problem is at its worst.

Mr Haywood says the service needs help from the community to highlight the problem.

“We could be trying to respond to one of their loved ones,” he said.

He added: “People may assume that the station is closed but it is fully operational 24 hours per day seven days a week.

“We had some work done on the front of the station where the road was a bit worn and the lines were covered over. That was around end of January.

“Since then there have been around five or six occasions where we have had to move around parked cars.

“We understand that parking spaces are limited and that people may be from out of the area and now know but we need residents to spread the word that it is costing us time."

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8:25pm Mon 24 Mar 14

downfader says...

Give them bull bars so they can just ram through these inconsiderate idiots.
Give them bull bars so they can just ram through these inconsiderate idiots. downfader
  • Score: 10

9:33pm Mon 24 Mar 14

BelieveBJ says...

Just drive through!!!
Just drive through!!! BelieveBJ
  • Score: 9

7:27am Tue 25 Mar 14

SillyCnut says...

So were are the wardens when this happens? they seem quite capable of giving a ticket to someone popping into an off-licence parked on an empty high road, but not for this?
So were are the wardens when this happens? they seem quite capable of giving a ticket to someone popping into an off-licence parked on an empty high road, but not for this? SillyCnut
  • Score: 5

8:15am Tue 25 Mar 14

mickbear88 says...

A fire engine can very easily shunt a brainlessly parked car out of the way. And to the brainless drivers just mentioned-suck it up!
A fire engine can very easily shunt a brainlessly parked car out of the way. And to the brainless drivers just mentioned-suck it up! mickbear88
  • Score: 4

9:58am Tue 25 Mar 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

The drivers of these cars would be the first too put a claim againest London Fire Brigade for damage etc etc and what ever else they could think of claiming for. Totally agree that the appliances should just shunt these idiots cars out of the way but then the Fire Fighters of London Fire Brigade are way too professional for that, perhaps the local council should put parking measures in place too stop this maybe clear RED lines then again would it make any difference too these idiots who park there
The drivers of these cars would be the first too put a claim againest London Fire Brigade for damage etc etc and what ever else they could think of claiming for. Totally agree that the appliances should just shunt these idiots cars out of the way but then the Fire Fighters of London Fire Brigade are way too professional for that, perhaps the local council should put parking measures in place too stop this maybe clear RED lines then again would it make any difference too these idiots who park there SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 3

11:34am Tue 25 Mar 14

It's good to talk says...

What is the council doing about this. Get out there are sort it out, it's what they are paid for . It proves that the council DO NOT check work that has been carried out on their highway. Will no one take responsibility for this?
What is the council doing about this. Get out there are sort it out, it's what they are paid for . It proves that the council DO NOT check work that has been carried out on their highway. Will no one take responsibility for this? It's good to talk
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Abbeyman says...

The problem is the half wits going to the Nu Bar who think that the rules of the road don't apply to them. They are parked all over the pavements as well at these times. They could easily park in Sainsbury's as it free after six and never closed.
The problem is the half wits going to the Nu Bar who think that the rules of the road don't apply to them. They are parked all over the pavements as well at these times. They could easily park in Sainsbury's as it free after six and never closed. Abbeyman
  • Score: 2

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