Tony Jamieson is the new lead instructor for the basic firefighting program at the Atlantic Police Academy.
Jamieson’s firefighting career began soon after he graduated from Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown in 1997 and travelled around, eventually settling in Australia in 1999.
He has his first experience firefighting with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service where he was a member for five years. In 2003, Jamieson received the Capital Territory Emergency Medal for his efforts during the Canberra bushfires of 2003.
When he returned to Charlottetown, Jamieson enrolled in the basic firefighting program at the Atlantic Police Academy and received his IFSAC seals for NFPA 1001 for firefighter level 1 and 2 as well as NFPA 472 hazardous materials awareness and hazardous materials operations. He then moved to Fort McMurray, Alta., where he worked in commercial construction.
In 2013, Jamieson returned to Charlottetown and in 2014 he became a volunteer member of the Charlottetown Fire Department in Station 2 (Sherwood) where he still serves today. He is also a paid firefighter at Station 1 on Kent Street.
In 2015, Jamieson became a learning manager for the academy’s basic firefighting program. He holds an NFPA 1041 fire service instructor level 1 with IFSAC and pro board seals, as well as an NFPA 1041 fire service instructor 2 with IFSAC and pro board seals.
The 22-week basic firefighting program teaches fundamental firefighting skills to keep firefighters and the public safe in critical situations. The program is located in the academy in Slemon Park, Summerside, and students get firefighting experience in a controlled environment at an off-campus location.
Students learn about fire behavior, motor vehicle extraction, medical first response and communication.
Field training familiarizes students with equipment, including trucks, pumps, respirators and hydraulic rescue tools such as the Jaws of Life, to deal with fires, automotive accidents and public safety incidents.
Students can earn international credentials.