The Ministry of Transport (MTQ) and the Ministry of Public Safety (MPS) in Quebec have implemented a pilot project to evaluate the use of green flashing lights, by part-time or volunteer firefighters and therefore, improve response time to emergency calls.
The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has selected the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and Bécancour for the pilot project (2016-2019) to study the possibility of allowing the flashing green light for the whole province of Quebec.
The pilot project aims to improve response time of firefighters who are responding to an emergency or on their way to a Fire Station with their personal vehicle.
The flashing green light does not turn the personal vehicle of firefighters in an emergency vehicle, it simply identifies firefighters traveling on an emergency call while respecting the code of Road Safety and ask for courtesy of other users on the road.
Driving with the flashing green light asks citizens to give way to the firefighters, if the situation allows and is safe. The flashing green light also allows its users to travel on the shoulder of the road or the road to bypass traffic jams.
The objectives of the pilot project on the use of green flashing lights are:
- Identify firefighters responding to emergency calls or fire stations.
- To request the courtesy on the road.
- Reduce time of travel.
The deployment of green flashing lights on the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais territory will begin on April 4 when 263 firefighters on its territory have all completed a 3 hours of training on driving with a flashing green light.