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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.