People living in Priory Vale are in danger because parked cars could prevent emergency vehicles getting through says the new station commander at Westlea Fire Station.
“There are some very narrow roads in the new housing layouts in Priory Vale. If people do not use allocated parking bays, vital seconds will be lost if a fire appliance is held up,” said station officer Ian Jeary.
“It just takes somebody to park in the wrong place or if there are extra vehicles visiting a household, and lives could be in danger.
“I realise it?s difficult in these higher density areas, but please pay greater attention to where you park. Talk to your neighbours so that everybody agrees how to manage the limited space available.”
Ian returns to Westlea from a job at Wiltshire Fire HQ near Devizes following a brigade restructure.
He started in the service as a firefighter at Westlea in 1994 and like all the 20 men on the two watches there, he lives within a few emergency reaction minutes from the station.