Coronation street parties – please do some ‘blue light thinking’

As people nationwide prepare to celebrate with Coronation street parties, we’re asking street party and event organisers to keep access for emergency vehicles and hydrants in mind.



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Published on 3 May 2023

999 access message to party and event planners

As people nationwide prepare to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort, we’re asking street party and event organisers to keep access for emergency vehicles in mind.

It’s important to consider access for emergency service vehicles – while events are being set up and taking place.

Please ensure fire hydrants aren’t covered or blocked, in case water is needed at an incident. Nearby hydrants, typically metal manhole style plates on pavements and roads with ‘H’ or ‘FH’ on them, are normally indicated by a nearby yellow sign with a black ‘H’. See the base of this news item for examples.

Councils across the West Midlands conurbation share with us details of larger public events, which we factor into our emergency planning. Visit the Coronation Events page for details of events and other activities near you.

Martin Ward-White, Head of Operations at West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS), said: “Plenty of larger events and smaller street parties are planned across the West Midlands, as communities come together to celebrate the Coronation.

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“Our stations will be flying the Coronation flag, and several of our fire crews will be supporting community events.

“We hope everyone has a really safe and enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend. However, if you do need to call the emergency services, we need to be able to get to you. That’s why we’re asking those hosting or attending street parties to ‘think blue lights’ and keep emergency vehicle access clear.

“As ever, our fire control staff, fire crews and other specialist teams will be ready to respond 24/7 if necessary.”

Our own Group Commander, Kris Darley, will be attending the events in London later this week, after being selected together with colleagues from 19 other fire and rescue services in the UK.

The Coronation coincides with many people struggling to meet the high cost of living. Staff at WMFS have been invited to donate food items which will be donated to the Trussell Trust.

We have lots of tips and advice for anyone celebrating during the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend. Visit our safety pages to learn more.

Our BBQ safety page may be especially helpful for those doing some outdoor sizzling!

For general guidance on hosting street parties, please visit