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December 11, 2014

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service reminds motorists to use caution around emergency vehicles

Released: 10:19 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - In response to a motor vehicle accident involving a Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) ambulance that occurred on Tuesday, December 9, the WFPS would like to remind motorists to use caution around emergency vehicles.

“The WFPS is committed to providing a safe working environment for our firefighters and paramedics, and we need the public’s cooperation to achieve our safety goals,” said Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane. “Educating motorists on what to do when an emergency vehicle is encountered is the first step in protecting our responders while they travel on roadways en route to emergency calls.”

Chief Lane added: “Although two of our paramedics suffered minor injuries in Tuesday’s accident, there was potential for a much more serious incident to have occurred. It is important to recognize the commitment that WFPS responders have to serving the public and that a number of dangerous situations can arise during the course of their work day.”

What to do when you encounter an emergency vehicle:

  • If an ambulance or fire truck is approaching from behind with its red lights flashing and siren sounding, you must yield the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle. Pull over to the right (all the way to the curb if practical) and stop parallel to the curb. Keep your foot on the brake pedal so the emergency driver can see your brake lights.
  • If you are turning left, and there are cars to your right which prevent you from pulling over, slowly pull your vehicle parallel to the line of traffic, and come to a complete stop. The emergency vehicle driver may then decide the safest route is to cautiously pass you on the right, or to pass you on the left. Keep your foot on the brake pedal so the emergency driver can see your brake lights.
  • If you are driving on a highway and see an ambulance or fire truck stopped, reduce your speed and slowly proceed past the stopped vehicle when safe to do so. You should allow for one lane of clearance and be cautious of other motorists approaching from the opposite direction or from behind.

Reminder: Leisure Guide registration for Winter programs starts December 16 and 17

Released: 2:31 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Citizens are reminded that the registration process for Winter 2015 programs will have staggered start dates as follows:

Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00 a.m. - Registration begins for swimming lessons only.

Wednesday, December 17 at 8:00 a.m. - Registration for all other programs begins and swimming lesson registration continues.

Tuesday, December 23 at 8:00 a.m. - Registration begins for all programs for non-residents. For more information, please visit City of Winnipeg - Recreation Registration Non-Resident.

Registration for all programs will be ongoing after these start dates. For your convenience, the City offers a number of ways to register:

Visit City of Winnipeg - leisureonline (a login ID and PIN, and a credit card are required).
Citizens who do not already have a login ID and PIN for online registration are asked to set up an account prior to the first day of registration. This can be done by calling 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or by visiting any civic indoor pool or leisure centre.

Call 311
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In-Person Registration Locations for December 16 and December 17 Only
Choose one of our Registration Centres, designed to provide you with a fast and efficient registration experience. You will receive pre-registration guidance in a comfortable waiting area with six service desks ready to complete your registrations.

The following Registration Centres will operate on December 16 and December 17 only, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:

In-person registration on December 16 and December 17 will also be accepted at the following locations (check in-person registration times at the facility of your choice by calling 311 or visiting

Due to the temporary closure of Elmwood Kildonans Pool, registration for the Winter 2015 session will not be available at this location.

Queue numbers at all in-person registration locations will be handed out starting at 7:00 a.m. on December 16 and December 17.

Please note that on December 16 and December 17 only, in-person registration will not be processed at the following locations:

  • Main Floor, 395 Main Street
  • St. James Civic Centre
  • Bonivital Pool
  • Margaret Grant Pool
  • Seven Oaks Pool

Ongoing In-Person Registrations after December 17
Visit or call 311 for in-person registration locations and times.

Mail or Drop-off
Please note that payment must be made by cheque for all mail or drop-off registrations. Please make your cheque payable to "The City of Winnipeg."
Mail your completed registration forms to:
Registration Office
395 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 3N8

Completed registration forms can be dropped-off at any of the following locations (check facility for operating hours by visiting or calling 311):

Please note that Sherbrook Pool and Elmwood Kildonans Pool remain closed until further notice.

Last update: December 11, 2014