With yesterday’s destructive fire, it seems like a good time to mention a request made by a fire fighter we recently spoke to.
Let’s say you call 911 with a fire or medical emergency. A big fire truck leaves the station and races to your house, lights and sirens blaring. But two blocks away there’s a traffic roundabout and people have parked too close to the corner. The truck can’t get around, and can’t turn in another direction. The only option is to put it into reverse and slowly back up to the previous intersection where they can hopefully turn around and try to reach you from a different direction.
The fire fighter we spoke to said that is actually a common occurence, and can add crucial minutes to the time it takes them to respond.
His request: Obey parking regulations and don’t park within 30 feet of a corner or stop sign, especially if there’s a roundabout or other blockage in the middle of the intersection. That will leave room for a big fire truck to get around and get where they need to go as quickly as possible.