The government agency which oversees the BC Ambulance Service says it wants to see universal traffic light technology, so all first responders can control lights at intersections while responding to an emergency.
Executive Vice President of BC Emergency Health Services, Linda Lupini, says different cities are using different technology, posing challenges to ambulances which cross multiple jurisdictions.
“In Maple Ridge, some of the intersections work on sound, so as soon as you approach the intersection, the sounds of sirens actually trigger the traffic light. Other municipalities, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Burnaby, some of them use these kinds of technologies, but they all different technologies.”
This week, Surrey City Hall approved a nearly one-million dollar request from the fire department to upgrade the majority of Surrey intersections with devices to control traffic lights.
They say it will save, on average, 48 seconds, per 9-1-1 call.