Be Courteous, Pull Over For Blue & Green Lights. Allow A Volunteer Firefighter or EMT To Pass

Any driver in Connecticut knows that when they see any combination of flashing lights with Red Lights flashing they are legally required to pull to the side and allow that vehicle to have the right of way. 

But what about Blue Lights, only Blue Lights, not blue-and-red lights, and no sirens?   These lights, used by Volunteer Firefighters, and members of Volunteer Rescue Companies, along with Green Lights used by many Volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians, are known as ‘Courtesy Lights.’  

So, what exactly are the Blue Lights and Green Lights for?

Courtesy lights are just that, flashing Blue or Green lights are issued as a courtesy to members of Fire, Rescue and EMS departments within Connecticut. You’ll spot them on mini-vans, family sedans, work trucks, or nearly any other vehicle members of Fire, Rescue and EMS departments respond to calls in. 

When you see flashing Blue or Green Lights, they are intended to identify the vehicle as one being operated by a Volunteer Firefighter or Volunteer EMT responding to their station for a call, or directly to the scene of a fire, medical emergency or rescue incident.

Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs must obey traffic laws, however as they respond to emergency situations in their private vehicles, they are often delayed by normal traffic, delaying their response. To aid in the response of Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs, Connecticut Law allows for flashing Blue or Green Lights to be displayed, alerting other drivers that the Volunteer Firefighter or EMT is responding to a call. While no law requires drivers to yield or give the right of way to flashing Blue or Green Lights, drivers should be courteous and yield the right of way to Volunteers First Responders, so they may respond to assist those in need without delay.

As you drive through Connecticut and spot flashing Blue or Green Lights, do the right things, pull over in a safe spot and grant the Volunteer Firefighter or EMT behind you a clear lane ahead, as well if you see Blue or Green lights approaching you, in the opposing lane, pull to the side and allow them to pass. 

The few seconds you may lose on your drive to the store, or heading home from work, can be crucial to the safety, healthy and well being of your fellow neighbors in their time of need. 

Have further questions about the use of Blue Lights and Green Lights by Volunteer First Responders? Drop us an email at publicaffairs@cohanziefireco.org 

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