CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -- The presentation of Queen’s Diamond Jubliee Medals and Fire Services Exemplary Service Medals capped off the grand opening of the new Prince Edward Island Firefighters Association (PEIFFA) training facility on September 21st.
Minister Sherry presents Miles Boulter with the new street sign indicating the renaming of the fire school road to Miles Boulter Drive.
“Congratulations to the Prince Edward Island Firefighters Association and the 1,000 firefighters who now will have enhanced training opportunities at this beautiful new facility,” said Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry. “I am especially pleased that the PEIFFA has chosen to name the new fire school after Miles Boulter in recognition of his many years of dedicated service as chief training officer.”
During the grand opening event, His Honour Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to seven recipients. Minister Sherry, along with PEIFFA President Tim Jenkins and Chief Training Officer Miles Boulter, presented exemplary service medals and bars, and several training certificates to Island firefighters.
The new fire school is located in the Community of Miltonvale Park, on the newly named Boulter Road. The provincial government contributed $506,300 through the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Capital Construction budget for construction of the facility, and $150,000 through the Island Communities Fund. The PEIFFA provided $160,000 towards the project.
The Volunteers and board members of the PEIFFA with Alan Brunacini and New Association President Jason Peters at the Grand Opening of Boulter Station.
“The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is pleased to support our firefighters who selflessly volunteer their time to help keep Islanders safe,” said Minister Robert Vessey. “This facility will provide firefighters with improved training and is a significant investment in public safety for Islanders.”
The PEIFFA is the principal training agency for more than 1,000 volunteer firefighters from 36 fire departments across the province. The new facility has administration and classroom space and a three-bay truck area. Programs offered at the school include firefighter level I, technical rescue operations, basic fire investigation and ice rescue. The fire school also provides specialized training for other industries in areas such as confined space and rope rescue.
“It is a great day for the fire service in Prince Edward Island,” said Mr. Jenkins. “Volunteers and the Provincial Government have teamed up to create Boulter Station, and this will go a long way towards ensuring the future safety of Island firefighters and the public. In excess of 1,000 years of volunteer service has also been recognized with today’s awards, which demonstrates the dedication of the individuals that we all count on every day for our safety.”