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APA announces new lead instructor for Basic Firefighting

Tony Jamieson is the new lead instructor for the Basic Firefighting program at the Atlantic Police Academy, Forrest Spencer, the academy’s executive director, announced today.

Jamieson’s firefighting career began soon after he graduated from Colonel Gray High School in 1997, and travelled around, eventually settling in Australia in 1999. Tony had his first experience firefighting with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service where he was a member for five years. In 2003, Tony received the Capital Territory Emergency Medal for his efforts during the Canberra bush fires of 2003.

When he returned home to Charlottetown, he 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, Alberta, where he worked in commercial construction.

In 2013, Jamieson returned home to Charlottetown and in 2014 he became a volunteer member of the Charlottetown Fire Department in Station 2, where he still serves today. He is also a paid firefighter for the fire department’s Station 1. In 2015, Tony became a learning manager for the Atlantic Police 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.

Our fire school is expanding its program offerings, and we are very excited to have Tony, with his vast practical and educational experiences, at the helm. - APA Executive Director Forrest Spencer

The 22-week Basic Firefighting program teaches fundamental fire fighting skills to keep firefighters and the public safe in critical situations. The program is located in the Atlantic Police Academy in Slemon Park, Summerside, and students get firefighting experience in a controlled environment at an off-campus location. Students learn about fire behaviour, motor vehicle extraction, medical first response, and communication in these training simulations.

Field training familiarizes students with equipment, including trucks, pumps, respirators, and hydraulic rescue tools such as Jaws of Life, to deal with fires, automotive accidents and public safety incidents. Students earn international credentials.


For more information about this release, please contact:
Sara Underwood, Media and Communications Officer
Tel: 902-566-9695
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019