When someone is trapped in a car or a home that is in on fire, every second counts. And in a region as vast as La Pêche, first responders might not be able to make it in time.
That’s why Wakefield volunteer firefighter Lieutenant Jason Prévost has been on a mission to allow for the use of flashing green lights in the personal vehicles of volunteer firefighters so they can get through traffic when they are on their way to dealing with an emergency. “We’re not inventing the wheel. It’s been like that for twenty years in Ontario,” he said. While special green lights for volunteer emergency vehicles are legal down the road in Ontario, Quebec has been hesitant to apply the policy since the plans for its implementation were originally written into the Highway Safety Code in 2008. “People are scared that we are going to see that typical cowboy passing [and] running lights,” said Prévost. He believes that it would be easy to identify and prosecute rogue volunteer firefighters who break the protocol because their vehicles would be registered with the nearest police station and fire hall.