A few days ago, while I was coming home from work at around 4:15 p.m., I was driving down 100 Ave at the east entrance to Morinville. I was doing the speed limit (50KPH) and heading to Sobeys. There wasn’t a lot of traffic, but suddenly, there were two vehicles behind me that seemed to be in quite a hurry. They didn’t honk their horns or anything, they just seemed a bit aggressive and trying to get where they were going. I didn’t speed up, nor did I slow down, but just proceeded on my way. I turned in to Sobeys parking lot and noticed that the two vehicles turned north at the light. A few minutes later, I saw the fire trucks heading out with lights and sirens blaring and I can only assume that the vehicles that were in such a hurry were our volunteer emergency responders going to the fire hall to get their gear and equipment to go to a call.
My question to those who may have some insight or control over this is: can we not designate that our volunteer emergency responders, when responding to a call, may use their 4 way flashers and flash their headlights to indicate that they are on their way to the fire hall on an emergency call?
Had I known that these gents were responding to an emergency call, I would have pulled over and given them the right of way! I realize that it only meant a few seconds delay for them to get to the fire hall, but seconds count in an emergency! I don’t mean that these individuals should speed, however, if they are on their way to the fire hall, at least they should have a clear, unobstructed path to get there. It’s the least we could do!
Bill Graham, Morinville