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County of Prince Edward
Fire Department

Fire Chief: Scott Manlow
Deputy Chief: Robert Rutter

Fire Department Mission Statement:

The mission of the Prince Edward County Fire Department is to provide a range of programs to protect the lives and property of the residents of Prince Edward County from the adverse effects of fire, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature.

Fire Department Crest

The Fire Department is responsible for firefighting, investigations, inspections and prevention services for the County of Prince Edward. Our responsibilities include education and program services, inquiries, fire code enforcement, fire engineering plans, fire suppression, rescue services, emergency defibrillation and medical assist services, and ice water rescue.

The County’s Municipal boundaries are shared with Quinte West, Belleville, Tyendinega and Greater Napanee, and each municipality has an approved Mutual Aid Agreement with the County of Prince Edward. The County of Prince Edward and Quinte West share an Automatic Aid Agreement.


January 7, 2014 - Keep fire safety in mind as temperatures drop!

As Ontario prepares to be blasted by chilling Arctic temperatures this week, Prince Edward County Fire Department is urging the public to keep fire safety in mind when taking steps to deal with colder winter weather.  

The winter months traditionally see more fires in Ontario homes related to heating equipment and appliances. Pay close attention to potential fire hazards related to the use of fuel-burning appliances, space heaters and even block heaters in their vehicles.

“Block heaters should be treated just as any other piece of electrical equipment around the home," explains Fire Prevention Officer Michael Branscombe. “Cords and connections should be in good repair and caution should be used to ensure circuits are not overloaded.”

Important fire safety tips for cold weather include the following:

  • - Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce the risk of excessive creosote build-up in chimneys.
  • - Allow ashes from your woodstove or fireplace to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
  • - Keep intake and exhaust vents for furnaces and heating appliances free of ice and snow accumulations to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide build-up from inefficient combustion. Install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to alert you to the presence of this deadly gas.
  • - Keep space heaters at least one metre (3 feet) away from anything that can burn, including curtains, upholstery, and clothing.
  • - Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicles and extension cords and use the proper gauge extension cord for vehicle block heaters.
  • - Consider using approved timers for vehicle block heaters rather than leaving heaters on all night.
  • - Ensure that vehicles are not left running inside any garage or building.
  • - Ensure there is a working smoke alarm on every storey of your home.

Prince Edward County Fire Department reminds everyone that the Ontario Fire Code requires smoke alarms to be installed on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with this law can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000. If you require more information about smoke alarms or fire safety, please contact Prince Edward County Fire Department.




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December 2013 - Mayor Peter Mertens, firefighters Jim Young, Vic Estabrooks, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Rutter, firefighter Robert Downey, division commander Dan Baker, firefighter Matthew Courneyea and Fire Chief Scott Manlow.

Estabrooks, Courneyea and Brent Insley were awarded certificates recognizing their completion of Fire Fighter Curriculum Component 1. Young and Downey were recognized for reaching the status of master trainer / facilitator (descriptions below).


Ontario Fire Fighter Curriculum Component One Certificates

The Ontario Fire Fighter Curriculum Component One Exam covers 30 Topic Sections of the Ontario Fire Fighter Curriculum and sees the fire fighter signed off on topics like Fire Suppression, Chemistry of Combustion, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, Pre-Incident Planning and 26 others fire fighting related topics. 

Master Trainer Facilitator Certification

The Master Trainer Facilitator certification requires a combination of several years experience in the fire service followed by studying to become a Trainer Facilitator, and a partnership with the Ontario Fire College. The certifications allows trainers to teach specialized firefighting courses, benefitting other fire fighters in their community.





Picton Fire Hall

Picton Fire Hall

Location/Mailing Address:
2 Ross Street
Picton, ON  K0K 2T0
P  613-476-2345





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