Windcrest Fire Department warns of possible fire hazard

The Windcrest Fire Service faces a dilemma: fire engines and other emergency vehicles cannot always access the alleyways of the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Fenwick Drive, meaning any fires that break out in the area could have consequences potentially catastrophic.

“There’s potential for that,” Deputy Fire Chief Robert Weidenbach said. “If cars are parked there, it could prohibit or delay our response.”

Weidenbach, who has worked at the department for more than 25 years, recently highlighted the central issue in a presentation to Mayor Dan Reese and the city council.

Residents often park on the side of the alley, according to Weidenbach. However, the alleys are so narrow that cars take up a lot of space.

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“If there are other cars parked there, it’s difficult for us to pass or cross,” Weidenbach said.

Photos he shared revealed that it would be a tight squeeze for emergency vehicles at best.

Fire Chief Ivan Hernandez, who recently joined the department, and Weidenbach are to meet with residents of Fenwick Drive to try to reach a compromise. Several residents, they said, have already approached them to discuss the situation.

“What we’re doing right now is we’re still working on it,” Weidenbach said.

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Susan W. Lloyd