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PHOTOS: Ambulance battles to get down Cornish street

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9:35am 12th December 2017
(Updated 9:35am 12th December 2017)

This is the moment an ambulance battled to get down a Cornish street because of bad parking.

Cornwall Extrication tweeted the photos over the weekend, after crews were stuck for 15 minutes.

They say a bin lorry also struggled to make it round the vehicles and police were called in.

"This ambulance was waiting for over 15 minutes trying to get through with the owner of the car nowhere to be found.

"After this the bin lorry couldn’t get through and the police were called. ".

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The incident at Knave-Go-By near Camborne is not the first in Cornwall and it has sparked a new awareness campaign.

Posting online, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "The hashtag #ThinkB4Upark is being used across social media in the UK by other emergency services, who are experiencing delays in getting to incidents, due to badly parked cars or driving. 

"The Service does not endorse this campaign as a way and means of naming and shaming members of the public.

"It is to raise awareness and educate drivers to think about where and how they park".

They added: "Those motorists that are not considering if an emergency vehicle can get past, are putting lives at risk by blocking off roads and even stopping on box junctions outside community fire stations.

"If your vehicle is considered to be parked inconsiderately, you may find one of our leaflets under your windscreen wiper - Think Before You Park notice".

They continued: "However, it is not just parking that is the problem and firefighters say some drivers are not sure what to do when they hear the sirens blaring".

What should I do if I see or hear blue lights when I'm driving?

The Golden Rules:

 

Calm: Don’t panic or speed up in an attempt to get out of the way. Don’t go through red lights or veer into a bus lane as you will still be prosecuted. Do not attempt to outrun a fire engine. You are not allowed to drive down the hard shoulder. You will still be breaking the law.

Alert: Turn distracting music down and check mirrors to help determine the direction and number of emergency vehicles. Look for somewhere safe to pull in but avoid kerbs, pavements, bends and junctions. Watch out for other motorists braking suddenly.

Response: Indicate, check your mirror and move to the left when it is safe to do so. Wait patiently to ensure all emergency vehicles have gone and then safely move back out into traffic.

You can read more here or watch the awareness video from Bude Community Fire Station...

9:35am 12th December 2017

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