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January 23, 2014
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PEI Firefighters' Association upgrading Fire School facility
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
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Organization receives funding to undertake training facility upgrades to better train Prince Edward Island first responders and serve local communities.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and PEI Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley were in Charlottetown today to announce a combined investment of $50,500 for the PEI Firefighters’ Association to enhance the Fire School facility.
The PEI Firefighters’ Association have undertaken upgrades to their warehouse training facility to ensure Island firefighters are better trained and more equipped to serve communities across Prince Edward Island.
• The Government of Canada invested a total of $30,500 in this project through their Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Government of Prince Edward Island, through the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, and their Island Community Fund, invested $20,000 towards the upgrades and the PEI Firefighters’ Association made a financial contribution of $15,000.
• The PEI Firefighters’ Association undertook upgrades to the warehouse as well as constructed a secured room to properly store expensive training equipment in the facility.
• With the completion of these enhancements, the PEI Firefighters’ Association now has the capability to offer additional training sessions throughout the winter months. This increased programming will ensure better safety for first responders and Prince Edward Island residents as well as increase the Association’s revenues.
“Our Government recognizes that firefighters and first responders play a vital role in communities across Prince Edward Island. Today’s investment will allow the PEI Firefighters’ Association to make necessary improvements to their training facility, which will allow them to better prepare first responders for emergencies and increase safety on the Island.”
- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“We are pleased to provide an investment from the Island Community Fund to upgrade the training facilities for our volunteer firefighters who play an essential role building strong communities and contribute to the well-being and security of Islanders.”
- The Honourable Ron MacKinley, PEI Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
“Our Association is very grateful for the funding from both levels of government. The upgrades we have done at the Fire School are going to help us better prepare our firefighters for situations that may arise. It is also helping us grow and offer more programs to our members by having this building available all year long with the upgrades to the new roof and heating and electrical system.”
- Mr. Jason Peters, President of the PEI Firefighters’ Association