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Inconsiderate parking delays crew in response to kitchen fire

A black car on the left is shown partially blocking the Rothwell fire engine - with its flashing blue lights - as it attempts to leave the forecourt at the Station

Residents are being urged to consider where they park following an incident on Saturday where a fire crew was delayed in responding to an incident.

At just after 10pm on Saturday (June 3), firefighters from Rothwell were called to assist colleagues at a kitchen fire in Kettering.

The response was delayed however by a car partially blocking the Station forecourt, and the engine was then stuck due to double parking at the bottom of Tresham Street.

Thankfully the fire was out prior to the arrival of our Kettering crew and no injuries were reported.

The Rothwell crew has seen a recent increase in residents using the forecourt for turning and parking, as well as double parking in streets close to the Station.

This is not the first time that we have experienced this issue in Rothwell, as we did a similar appeal back in January 2022.

And on Sunday, the station at Earls Barton saw a number of cars parked in the station car park. This is not a public car park, and residents should not park there.

A standard Scania fire appliance is approximately 2.6 metres wide by 8 metres long and requires more space to manoeuvre than many people realise.

The Highway Code states that ‘you should not stop or park anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services’ and ‘do not stop or park opposite or within 10 metres of a junction, except if in an authorised parking space’.

We would urge residents to think carefully about where they have parked and consider whether they have left sufficient room for emergency services vehicles to get past. Those extra seconds could be the difference between life or death.

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