Monday 1 May 2017

Parked cars delay ambulance reaching unconscious child

Fire Brigade (Stock image)
Fire Brigade (Stock image)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Dublin Fire Brigade were delayed in responding to an unconscious child by cars parked on both sides of the street.

Emergency services rushed to a call in the Booterstown area of south Dublin on Thursday evening.

However two response vehicles, including an ambulance was forced to reroute due to the manner in which the cars were parked.

DFB tweeted a picture of the scene and while there are no yellow lines or any other parking restrictions the service has urged people to be mindful when they are parking.

"Dublin Fire Brigade urge people to think about access for emergency service vehicles when parking in the street," a spokeswoman said in a statement to Independent.ie

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin, who is the Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown said he will ask the council to review parking in the estate in question.

"I'll raise the issue with the council, and in fact they are already looking at it, maybe some double yellow lines may be necessary," he said.

"When I attend residents meetings something that is always raised is the issue of emergency access and this just highlights that this can happen anywhere.

"If it had been a life or death situation there could have been serious issues with access," he added.

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