What’s that flashing green light mean?

In larger metropolitan areas, emergency response vehicles are manned by full-time firefighters, who use their red lights and sirens to get through traffic to respond to the scene of an emergency.

For those of us in rural communities and smaller urban centres, fire protection is provided by local volunteers, who often respond to emergencies in their own cars and trucks, which are not equipped with the red lights or sirens that make them stand out from other vehicles on the road. Instead, they use a flashing green light!

The volunteer firefighter’s flashing green light is used only as a signal to other drivers, to encourage them to give up their right-of-way and allow the firefighter to respond to the scene of the emergency unhindered.

If you see a vehicle with a flashing green light, know that it's a member of the Lacombe Fire Department, on his or her way to help one of our neighbours.

Remember, the home they are rushing to save or the life they are going to rescue could be that of a friend, a loved one, or even yours! Please pull over to the right and let them pass!

Also, check out this short video on this very important topic:



  1. That is the first time I have heard that and I have live in rural Alberta most my life and it is not in the Alberta drivers test, don't you think that should be.

  2. My buddy got a ticket from Red Deer County Peace Officers last month for using his green light to respond to an emergency. (He was not speeding and obeying the rules of the road, and the ticket stated him using the green light). In his municipality the VFF are allowed the use of the green light. Sadly the provincial statue the green light is not province wide (governed by each municipality/ county) so if they are crossing jurisdictions (such as Red Deer County) the bylaw will wait for the VFF's and ticket them as a house burns down or someone has a medial emergency.

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