Column: November 2, 2017

Please yield when you see a green light coming your way

The City of Ottawa would like to remind motorists that vehicles with green flashing lights are being driven by volunteer firefighters who are responding to a call. As a courtesy, all road users are asked to allow these vehicles to pass quickly and safely.

Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters. Through the Green Light program, volunteer firefighters are equipped with green flashing lights for their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s vehicle, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency.

Drivers are asked, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. This may mean pulling over, if it is safe to do so, to allow the vehicle to pass.

Volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency typically need to drive their personal vehicles to a nearby fire station where they can transfer into a fire vehicle before responding to the scene of an incident. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact because every second counts.

To increase awareness of the Green Light program, the City launched an awareness campaign on October 25. Drivers in rural areas may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding them of the program. An instructive Green Light Awareness Campaign video is also available on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

Ambassadors Raising Hope

As many residents of Ward 5 attend and use the services of the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH), I have joined forces with ten of my west-end Council colleagues as “Hopes Rising Ambassadors” to raise $500,000 in support of the QCH Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for mental health services for adults of all ages in west Ottawa.

The Hopes Rising campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families at QCH, as well as enhance emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis.

In the coming weeks and months, my fellow Ambassadors and I will be hosting various events to help fundraise and support this initiative. For already scheduled events go to https://qchfoundation.ca/our-events/. Online donations can be made at www.Ambassadors.qchfoundation.ca.

I am currently planning a fundraising event and it will be held in the coming months – stay tuned!