West Yorkshire Fire service urges people to be responsible this Bank Holiday

West Yorkshire Fire service urges people to be responsible this Bank Holiday

Published by Harry Long at 1:47pm 20th May 2020. (Updated at 2:06pm 20th May 2020)

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to be responsible over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people  to be responsible this Bank Holiday 
  • Fire engines were unable to pass down some country lanes last weekend due to inconsiderate parking.  
  • Crews have dealt with several moorland fires so far this year.   

Last weekend, there were several incidences of fire engines being unable to drive down county lanes because of people parking inconsiderately.

There have also been several moorland fires in the county so far this year.    

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Fire crews tackling a fire on Ilkley Moor

Assistant District Commander Mick Fox said:

“We understand that people will want to get out and enjoy West Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery over the May Bank Holiday weekend. However, it is important they do so responsibly. Last week in Holmfirth and Slaithwaite our crews struggled to get through on fire engines due to cars being parked along the side of the road. 

“We advise everyone to check that car parks are open, and that you can park in a safe and responsible way that allows access for emergency vehicles. If you can’t guarantee that then you shouldn’t travel to the area. 

“On top of this we want to remind people of their responsibilities on our moorland. All moorland fires are preventable, whatever their cause, and we have already dealt with several incidents in 2020 which were challenging for us as a service to tackle.” 

"Anyone using our moorlands should take their time to familiarise themselves with our #BeMoorAware campaign which has information on fire prevention.  

“We do not wish to stop people from enjoying the great outdoors, but we ask everyone to take safety seriously to help prevent incidents of this nature, especially at a time when some emergency service resources are focused on helping communities during the Coronavirus pandemic.” 

Fire engine struggling to pass cars
A fire engine struggling to pass parked cars

Bradford Council also has a Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in place which ban fires and BBQs on Council, National Trust and Yorkshire Water owned land.

Anyone found to be lighting a fire or BBQ will be given a fixed penalty notice of up to £150.