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Careless parking putting lives at risk, say fire crews

Firefighters are fighting a losing battle on our roads before they can even get to the scene of a crash or fire, because of careless parking.

Crews in West Sussex and Hampshire say they're facing daily delays by having to slowly manoeuvre round badly parked cars, and, in some cases they have to double back on themselves because they can't get past at all.

The average fire appliance is 8.5ft wide and the same length as 2 cars so requires a lot of room on the road
  • Watch Chlöe Oliver's report following days out on the road with Horsham and Cosham fire station below >>
  • Craig Sadler from Cosham Fire Station speaks to our reporter Chlöe Oliver about the laws surrounding moving vehicles out of the way and what you can do to help>>

So, how can you help fire crews?

Watch the video below to find out:

It's not just along roads, many fire crews have recently seen drivers abandoning their vehicles in front of their station entrances, blocking their emergency route.

A car and caravan left outside the entrance of a fire station in Hampshire