First Responders Say Parked Trains Are Not an Issue

By Ray Villeda
|  Monday, Feb 24, 2014  |  Updated 6:36 PM CDT
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While residents are concerned about parked trains blocking access to their Fort Worth neighborhood, first responders say it's not an issue and they have plan to get around the problem.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

While residents are concerned about parked trains blocking access to their Fort Worth neighborhood, first responders say it's not an issue and they have plan to get around the problem.

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First responders in Fort Worth say getting into a neighborhood often blocked by trains is not an issue.

Folks who live in the area of North Live Oak and East Peach Street have a different story and say, at times, the two main entrances into the neighborhood are blocked off by parked trains. While they are concerned they can't get out, they're more concerned emergency workers can't get in if called.

"Somebody is going to get hurt or die because they can't get medical attention," said Ashley Gonzales, on Sunday.

On Monday, MedStar Mobile Healthcare, which provides mobile ambulance service in Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities, said it has never posed a serious issue in the past because crews are prepared for the possibility of a train blocking the way.

"As soon as somebody realizes there is limited access, that's communicated to all the other responders and we'll find the next closest unit to come in another way," said MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky.

"We go in and get another apparatus, engine or truck responding," said Richard Harrison, a battalion chief for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

In the last 12 months, MedStar said there have been 339 calls for help coming from that community, 83 were considered time-critical, and there have been no issues.

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