(Ottawa Fire Hall’s 81 tanker, displaying the first of many public awareness signage campaigns. Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Miller, Area Manager, District 8)
You may have noticed new signage on the Stittsville Station 81 tanker truck. Station 81 on Stittsville Main Street is participating in a unique campaign across Ottawa that shares fire safety and program awareness with the public through signage.
The first panel launched draws attention to the purpose of the “flashing green light” seen in the vehicles of the volunteer firefighters go to the station for a reported incident that requires their rapid intervention.
Green light awareness signs are also strategically placed in city neighborhoods where a particular place is covered by volunteer firefighters. The panels were installed in the hope of increase residents’ awareness of green lights in a private vehicle and their function. Now these signs will appear on fire apparatus himself raise awareness to a higher and more noticeable level.
Although the green lights do not allow any exceptions to the Highway Code, the hope is that residents will provide the right of way. in order to enable our Rural and urban volunteer firefighters the ability to arrive at their respective stations safely and in a timely manner.
In general, the same message applies to green lights as for other emergency vehicle lights, namely: Slow down. Move.
In a conversation with Tom Miller, District 8 Area Manager at Ottawa Fire Hall 81, he told Stittsville Central: “The signs campaign is a fantastic way to educate our community on what we do and also to help increase community safety and awareness, especially during COVID shutdowns when the public does not have access to the station. Getting the message out is important“.
The signs are installed on Ottawa firefighters’ tank trucks to begin with, the first being posted by the Navan station, followed closely by Stittsville, Carp and Manotick. Soon, other fire apparatus – pump tankers – will be equipped with various messages.
With more signs in the works – like the importance of keeping smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in working order; outdoor fire permit; recruitment programs – the messaging will be exchanged every quarter and as it evolves, the public will see even more types of awareness messages added.
Please heed this important information from District 8 Area Manager Thomas Miller and yield to a flashing green light – the person in the vehicle trying to cross traffic may be on their way to rescue your home from a fire or someone you know who may be in an emergency situation.
(Editor’s Note: I would like to thank Area Manager Thomas Miller for the continued contact with us to share these important messages and photos from Ottawa 81 Fire Hall and to Lieutenant Josh Guibeault who was instrumental in sharing his photos and comments, especially during the COVID-19 health situation. .)
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