Province supports PEI Firefighter Association Fire School

(l-r) Gerard McMahon, President of the Prince Edward Island Fire Fighters Association, Bloyce Thompson, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Shannon Dumville, Chief Training Instructor

Shannon Dumville, new Chief Training Instructor, is preparing the next generation of Island firefighters from across the province with the education and training fundamentals to keep everyone safe. 

The PEIFFA Fire School provides volunteer firefighters and students from Atlantic Police Academy Fire Program with complete training and required skills to firefighting in different environments. Anyone wanting to become a firefighter goes through this facility to become part of one of 36 Island fire services across the province. Training topics can include defensive driving, pump operators, live fire simulation, medical first responder, ice rescue, vehicle extrication, rope rescue, hazardous materials awareness, confined space training and more. The fire school also provides to various organizations with industrial safety training, which can include gas detector training, respiratory protection, confined space entry and rescue, fall protection, and fire extinguisher training.

“Shannon has a wealth of knowledge and training to share with future firefighters,” said Gerard McMahon, President of the PEI Firefighter Association. “We’re very thankful that the Department of Justice and Public Safety answered our call for this funding. It will be put to good use so that we can train future firefighters.”

In addition to the PEIFFA’s core provincial funding, the Department of Justice and Public Safety is providing an additional grant of $180,000 over the next three years to build the PEI Fire School’s internal training capacity for this and future generations of Island firefighters.

“There are over 1,000 volunteer firefighters across this province and they all go through the PEI Fire School. These are our loved ones and our neighbours that are protecting and giving back to community in a very significant way. To attract and retain the next generation of firefighters, we need to make sure that the PEI Fire School has the capacity to offer them the training they need to keep themselves and in turn, keeps all of us safe too.”

- Justice and Public Safety Minister Bloyce Thompson

To learn more about the PEIFFA, visit: PEI Firefighters Association.

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