Fire school upgrades mean sessions can run throughout winter

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Jason Peters, president of the P.E.I. Firefighters Association stands in the new heated storage room at the fire school.

The P.E.I. Firefighters' Association can now offer additional training sessions throughout the winter months after its fire school got some work done.

The fire school has a new roof, upgrades to the heating and electrical systems, an upgraded warehouse as well as a secured room to properly store expensive training equipment.

"This increased programming will ensure better safety for first responders and

Prince Edward Island residents as well as increase the association’s revenues," stated a news release from the funding partners.

The Government of Canada invested a total of $30,500 in this project through its 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 P.E.I. Firefighters’ Association made a financial contribution of $15,000.

National Fisheries Minister Gail Shea represented the federal government and P.E.I. Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley represented the province at a funding announcement at the fire school earlier today.

"Our government recognizes that firefighters and first responders play a vital role in communities across Prince Edward Island," said Shea.

"The upgrades we have done at the fire school are going to help us better prepare our firefighters for situations that may arise," said Jason Peters, president of the P.E.I. Firefighters' Association.

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