For Immediate Release
December 09, 2016
West Kelowna Fire Rescue is pleased to report that the Emergency Traffic Pre-emption installations along Highway 97 are functioning again and thanks the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for fixing this critical system.
The Emergency Traffic Pre-emption system along Highway 97 allows equipped emergency vehicles to activate the system as they approach intersections. Using GPS, the approaching vehicle’s position, direction and speed is relayed to the system allowing a green light for emergency vehicles.
“We are extremely pleased with the Ministry’s attention to see this important emergency response system fixed,” says West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund. “Our vehicles can travel much faster with it in place and our emergency responders and the public are safer with the assurance that a green light will await us at intersections.”
West Kelowna Fire Rescue appreciates the complex nature of the emergency traffic pre-emption system, particularly given its potential impacts to the travelling public, says Brolund, and is very grateful to the Ministry for resolving the issues.
The system was initially installed in 2007 and was in use until April 2016 when it was shut off for repairs.