PEI Fire Service Study – Report Released


The fire service advisory committee implemented by Minister Doug Currie in 2011 to identify and implement measures to ensure the sustainability of the volunteer fire service in Prince Edward Island has recently received the “Environmental Scan & Gap Analysis” report on the PEI Fire service.


This study was designed to document the current state of the fire service in PEI and identify any issues.  “We were previously aware of some items that have been identified over the years, but this study provides us with facts rather than speculation. The committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to review the report and see where we can make recommendations going forward. There are no big surprises.” Said committee co-chair Tim Jenkins.


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New advisory committee will support the future of fire services

An advisory committee will be set up to identify and implement measures to ensure the sustainability of the volunteer fire service in Prince Edward Island, says Public Safety Minister Doug Currie.

“Among the challenges facing the volunteer fire service throughout Canada today are recruitment, retention, service delivery, risk management, funding and training,” Minister Currie said at a workshop with nearly 70 firefighters this past Saturday. “The time has come for us not only to ask questions about our future, but to start creating solutions.”


Minister Currie, Robert Simonds, president of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and Tim Jenkins, past president of the PEI Firefighters Association and the Fire Marshal’s Office, met with members of the Island fire service on the weekend to identify issues and discuss ways to address the challenges.


Chief Simonds commended the province, the PEI Firefighters Association and the Fire Marshal’s Office for bringing together representatives of fire services from across the province to work together to find made-in-PEI answers. He spoke about the efforts of the CAFC to lobby the federal government to implement a tax credit for volunteer firefighters and congratulated the members of Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly for supporting this initiative.


The minister said details will be available in the coming weeks on the new advisory committee, including the committee composition and goals. He said the fire service will have ample opportunity to provide input to this board and he assured them that their input will be valued.


“Volunteer firefighters are the backbone of our province,” Minister Currie said. “I am honoured to have this opportunity to work with our local Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs and firefighters to ensure the best possible service to our One Island Community, for today and for future generations.”



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