Public Education

Green Flashing Lights

On December 9, 1994 legislation was enacted through an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act, 1990 (HTA, 1990) that allows firefighters to display a flashing green light on their personal vehicle when responding to emergencies. The use of flashing green lights on vehicles is restricted to the Ontario Fire Service.

The purpose of flashing green lights is to help other drivers recognize a firefighter en-route to an emergency and be courteous and yield the right-of-way. Firefighters using the flashing green light do not have any special privileges and cannot break any traffic laws.

The motoring public is asked to recognize that firefighters displaying flashing green lights are responding to an emergency and it would be appreciated if you could yield the right of way in order to speed their response. Volunteer firefighters are serving their local community. They may be responding to assist one of your neighbours or even your family.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!