A partnership between the Municipality of Kincardine, Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services and Southern Bruce County Safe Communities Committee is reminding the public to be mindful of the importance of flashing green lights on vehicles and what they need motorists to do.
The flashing green light in a vehicle on an Ontario road means that a firefighter is en-route to an emergency, and motorists are asked to pull over to allow the vehicle to pass if they can safely do so.
To promote awareness, a contest has been introduced to keep the public mindful of the importance of the green lights.
The campaign was originally planned to run as part of Cruise nights in Kincardine but COVID sidelined those plans when downtown events were cancelled.
Shane Watson, fire prevention officer for the Municipality of Kincardine fire department, says some municipalities, including Kincardine, have posted roadside signs letting drivers know what the green lights mean. The contest, which will run until the end of July, asks residents to snap a photo of themselves with one of the signs and note where it is located.
Email the photo to Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or post on social media on the Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services page, along with a fire safety tip. Fire tips could include actions such as acquiring a burn permit.
“It’s the simple things you do that keep the fires from happening,” said Watson.
All submissions will be entered into a draw for the grand prize of four keyhole life jackets, donated by the OPP, as well as other safety-oriented prizes.
Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent