Fire Marshals Office

The Prince Edward Island Fire Marshals Office administers the Fire Prevention Act and Regulations, and the Long Service Medal Act.

What is the role of the Fire Marshals Office?

The mission of the Fire Marshals Office is to prevent loss of life and property for those that live, work and visit Prince Edward Island. The Provincial Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Marshals conduct fire inspections, complete plans review in new construction, provide public fire prevention education, and carry out fire investigations. 

The Provincial Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Marshals work with the PEI Fire Fighters Association to support fire fighters and ensure protection and safety for all Islanders. 

How many fire departments and fire fighters are there on PEI?

In Prince Edward Island there are 22 fire departments run by municipalities and 14 departments run by private fire companies. These municipalities and private boards make decisions on the scope, level of service, and budgets of their departments.
There are about 1000 fire fighters in the province, and nearly all (98.9%) of these men and women serve their communities in a volunteer capacity.

What is the role of the PEI Fire Fighters Association? 

The PEI Fire Fighters Association (PEIFFA) is a not for profit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors. The Provincial Fire Marshal serves as an ex-officio member of the board. 

The PEIFFA owns and manages the PEI fire school (called Boulter Station) in Miltonvale and is the principal training agency for more than 1,000 volunteer firefighters from 36 fire departments across the province. The PEIFFA also presents a unified voice to advance the interests of the Island fire fighting community. 

Where can I learn more about fire prevention?

By taking simple preventative measures, everyone can help prevent fire and save lives, homes and everything that we hold dear. The Prince Edward Island Fire Marshal's Office encourages everyone to participate in fire prevention activities at home, work and school all year long. 

What are the requirements for emergency exits for buildings in PEI?

Every building, new or old, which is intended for human occupancy must have sufficient exits and other safeguards to enable people to quickly escape in a fire or other emergency. Contact the Fire Marshals Office for information on specific code requirements for the following:

  • Fundamental requirements
  • Egress requirements for single family dwellings and other residential properties (cottages, homes, and apartment buildings).
  • Means of escape
  • Window size for egress
  • Guidelines for the establishment of bed and breakfast within a single family dwelling
  • Guidelines for rental cottages

Contact the Fire Marshal's Office

David Rossiter (Provincial Fire Marshal) 
Telephone: (902) 368-4869
Fax: (902) 368-5526  

John Chisholm (Deputy Fire Marshal) 
Telephone: (902) 368-5280
Fax: (902) 368-5526

Michael MacRae (Deputy Fire Marshal)
Telephone: (902) 368-4869
Fax: (902) 368-5526

Vicki Tse (Media Contact)



Published date: 
March 25, 2024
Justice and Public Safety

General Inquiries

Public Safety Division
PO Box 911
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7L9

Phone: 902-894-0385
Toll-free: 1-877-894-0385
Fax: 902-368-6362

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