Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service launches emergency vehicle pre-emption pilot

Ambulance and fire truck

Time is of the essence when responding to emergency calls.

Ensuring that our fire trucks and ambulances can quickly navigate through traffic can help save lives. We launched a pilot project to try to make this easier.

The pilot project will trigger green lights for emergency vehicles.

It’s our hope that it will lead to faster response times, and decrease the risk of potential collisions. 

As part of the project, we installed transponders on our fire trucks and ambulances stationed in the area.

We also installed transponders at 17 intersections along Osborne Street. 

As the fire truck or ambulance approaches an intersection, the lights will turn green in the direction they're travelling.

This will give other motorists the opportunity to move out of the way. 

A map of various locations in the Osborne Village area.
Seventeen intersections in the Osborne Village area are equipped with emergency vehicle pre-emption systems.

Motorists should continue to move to the righthand side of the roadway and come to a complete stop until the fire truck or ambulance has gone by. 

The traffic lights will return to normal operations after two light cycles.

The pilot project will conclude in March 2025. After, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service will present its findings and recommendations.

A WFPS fire engine moves down Osborne Street with the help of the emergency pre-emption system
A WFPS fire engine moves down Osborne Street with the help of the emergency pre-emption system.

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