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Flashing Green Light on a Vehicle Driven by a Firefighter

The Ministère de la Sécurité publique is currently leading a pilot project to establish whether the use of flashing green lights on vehicles (other than emergency vehicles) improves the response time of firefighters responding to an emergency call.

Pilot project

The flashing green light can be turned on at any time by a firefighter responding to an emergency call. Where circumstances dictate, firefighters can use the flashing green light on their vehicle to drive along the shoulder of the road and stop anywhere, without endangering the life or safety of others.

Purpose

This 4-year pilot project aims to collect data to determine whether the use of flashing green lights by firefighters responding to an emergency call can help improve their response time.

Details

  • The pilot project is being carried out on the territory of the regional county municipalities of Collines-de-l'Outaouais and Bécancour.
  • It allows for a comparison of the response times of firefighters responding to an emergency call based on whether or not they use the flashing green light.
  • The project is administered and evaluated by the Minister of Public Security.
  • It ensures that agreements can be reached with the participating regional county municipalities and their local authorities that have established a fire department.

Municipalities participating in the pilot project

As part of the pilot project, the Ministère de la Sécurité publique has signed agreements (in French only) regarding the use of a flashing green light on a vehicle driven by a firefighter responding to an emergency call with the following municipalities and regional county municipalities:

Useful information

The vehicle cannot be an emergency vehicle
The road vehicle equipped with a flashing green light and driven by a firefighter responding to an emergency call cannot be an emergency vehicle, since an emergency vehicle is already equipped with red emergency rotating lights and identified as a fire truck.

Volunteer firefighters would use the flashing green light on their own personal vehicles, for example, to get to the location of the emergency from home.

Characteristics of the flashing green light

  • The flashing green light must use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and be fitted with an integrated light shield to reduce glare for the driver.
    • The LEDs must flash simultaneously at a frequency of 1 Hz to 4 Hz.
  • The light must be installed with suction cups on the inner surface of the windshield, within the area swept by the wipers, but outside of the tinted area at the top of the windshield.
    • Its dimensions cannot exceed 180 mm in width, 76 mm in height and 185 mm in depth.

Elsewhere in Canada

Certain provinces authorize the use of a flashing light on the personal vehicle of a firefighter: a green light in Ontario and Alberta, and a red one in Saskatchewan. In Nova Scotia, a red flashing light is allowed, but only for the fire chief and deputy fire chief.