Proposed CS parking ordinance will help with congestion and increase safety

POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 4:11pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 4:13pm

Maneuvering an eight to nine foot wide fire truck down a narrow, residential street isn't easy.

And when you have cars parked on both sides, the task is nearly impossible.

"Because of its width and the way cars are parked, mirrors sticking out, it is difficult," said CSFD Lt. Clint Anderson. "It doesn't leave much room for error."

Lt. Anderson says getting to the scene though is only half the battle.

"When we get on scene we're opening doors and opening cabinets that take up another two feet on each side, pulling tools off and just trying to get the ladder from the truck in between cars to the scene."

But some new parking changes are in the works to make it easier and safer for firefighters and EMTs to respond in an emergency.

"We're talking about day-to-day there being a problem with getting a truck down the street if there were a fire," said College Station council member, Julie Schultz.

The city will soon require all new development and redevelopment for single-family homes to have one parking spot in the driveway per bedroom and new, no parking signs will be added to some neighborhood streets to get cars out of the road

"The safety factor is the number one reason why we were looking at it," Schultz said. "Because everybody wants access to a fire truck should their house catch on fire and it's a pretty easy choice."

A choice that will guarantee emergency personnel will be able to respond to your house as quickly as possible because when an emergency happens, every second counts.



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