PONTIAC – Charlotte L’Écuyer, MNA for Pontiac, along with her colleagues from the Liberal parliamentary wing, support volunteer firefighters in their effort to enforce the article from the Highway Safety Code allowing for the use of removable green flashing lights during emergency situations. This would enable firefighters to be more visible when they are brought in as reinforcements, and to work in a safer environment during a disaster.
“The safety and visibility of our volunteer firefighters during emergency situations is of the utmost importance. The use of green flashing lights will make their work easier, and allow them to respond to these challenges. This new tool will reduce the response time during emergency calls,” mentioned L’Écuyer.
“Presently, the only authorized use of a green flashing light is to identify a command post during an emergency intervention,” explained Jacques Piché, Fire Safety and Civil Security Coordinator at the MRC Pontiac. “Firefighters want to use this light in their personal vehicles when they are responding to an emergency. In other words, in the same way that they use a red light in emergency vehicles. It would signal to other motorists to yield to those responding.”
Following an initiative from Lieutenant Jason Prévost, a volunteer firefighter in the municipality of La Pêche, Stéphanie Vallée, MNA for Gatineau filed a petition at the National Assembly, February 12, asking the Quebec government to apply the article from the Highway Safety Code that allows the use of removable green flashing lights for volunteer firefighters.
“All Liberal MNAs support this request wholeheartedly. We are convinced that once applied, this request will help to better protect our volunteer firefighters and the citizens of our regions,” concluded L’Écuyer.