Volunteer emergency vehicles may now use flashing lights and sirens
March 31, 2009
Beginning tomorrow, vehicles driven by volunteer firefighters and first responders can be designated emergency vehicles by municipalities.
The change means firefighters and first responders will be allowed to use flashing lights and sirens on private vehicles and drive contrary to the rules of the road when it is safe to do so.
The change in legislation was announced by Crown Corporations Minister Ken Cheveldayoff last November.
"This government committed to changing this legislation and we are pleased to fulfil that promise, giving volunteer firefighters and EMS responders the means to react with the necessary urgency in an emergency situation," Cheveldayoff said.
"The use of lights and sirens will help ensure the safety and security of Saskatchewan citizens when volunteer firefighters and first responders are on the job," Corrections, Public Safety and Policing Minister Darryl Hickie said.
Driver training is a key requirement of the new regulations. Firefighters must successfully complete an Emergency Vehicle Operators course before they can use emergency lights and sirens on vehicles. The training will be provided by the Saskatchewan Office of the Fire Commissioner, and is the only agency that can certify drivers to meet the new regulations. Training courses will begin in July 2009. More information about the training and designation process is available by calling the Office of the Fire Commissioner at 306-787-4837.
Corrections, Public Safety and Policing