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County firefighter named new Deputy Chief

County firefighter named new Deputy Chief

Tim Kraemer says he will miss jumping on board fire trucks to respond to calls, but he’s excited for the challenge of becoming the County’s new Deputy Fire Chief. Kraemer replaces former deputy fire chief Robert Rutter, who became fire chief earlier this year following the retirement of Scott Manlow. Operating fire trucks was a […]

FIre chief issues partial burn ban July 26

FIre chief issues partial burn ban July 26

Due to wind conditions, Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue has issued a partial burn ban for the municipality. Under a partial ban, burning is restricted to a container with a screened top or a small campfire. Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue reminds residents that a burn permit is required for all open air […]

Fireworks found at multiple small grass fires

Fireworks found at multiple small grass fires

Prince Edward County OPP is assisting the County Fire Department to investigate multiple small grass fires overnight Sunday on County Roads 4, 5 and Kingsley Road. Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue crews located fireworks. The investigation continues. “Fireworks can and will start fires,” said Robert Rutter, incoming fire chief. “Be extremely cautious when dealing […]

Fire chiefs from near and far salute Prince Edward County chief on his retirement

Fire chiefs from near and far salute Prince Edward County chief on his retirement

Fire Chiefs from near and far came to salute Prince Edward County Fire Chief Scott Manlow on his last day on the job, Friday. Piper Major Josh McFarlane led a parade of Manlow’s family members, County CAO Marcia Wallace, Mayor Steve Ferguson and more than a dozen chiefs from Cobourg to Ottawa to the Picton […]

One year delay cost $43,200 more to buy new fire truck

One year delay cost $43,200 more to buy new fire truck

A new pumper tanker fire truck for Wellington will cost $43,200 more than if it were purchased last spring. Council Tuesday night approved in an 8-6 vote, a tender to Dependable Emergency Vehicles for $395,700 to be built and delivered in about one year. Last May, a tender under budget of $352,491 was opposed in […]

Man who loved fire trucks as a boy now replacing County's retiring chief

Man who loved fire trucks as a boy now replacing County’s retiring chief

By Sue Capon When the air raid sirens blared to warn there was a fire in progress, young Robert Rutter and his friends hopped on their bicycles to race down to the fire hall in Bloomfield to watch the volunteers leap into action. On July 1, 2020, Rutter will lead Prince Edward County’s volunteers as […]

No structural damage in Bloomfield Main Street fire

No structural damage in Bloomfield Main Street fire

Quick action from Prince Edward County firefighters kept damage to a landmark Bloomfield home at a minimum, around lunch time Sunday. Smouldering behind siding and smoke was reported at the 292 Main Street home of Loyalist Landing, known far and wide as the delightful bed and breakfast that hosts Rob and Gillian Leek regularly flys […]

McHappy to deliver fire safety messages at the drive through

McHappy to deliver fire safety messages at the drive through

Barry Turpin’s pup Lucy was interested in a closer look at the treat Prince Edward County Fire Prevention officers Mike Branscombe and Greg Gorsline were offering at the McDonald’s drive through. The two delivered about 250 biodegradable bags of fun and learning about fire safety to the Picton McDonald’s this week to be distributed with […]

Decision to douse fireworks disappoints

Decision to douse fireworks disappoints

Letter to the Editor RE: Recreation Committee stepping back from Canada Day fireworks display The reasons put forward by the Picton Recreation Committee for eliminating Canada Day fireworks border on the ludicrous. (It stated ‘Fireworks are beautiful and most of us enjoy them, but aside from the tremendous cost —last year’s 15-minute display was $6500– […]

Investigation into overnight shed fire

Investigation into overnight shed fire

Prince Edward OPP detachment officers were dispatched to assist the Prince Edward County Fire Rescue at a location on Swamp College Road at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Const. Kim Guthrie reports fire crews quickly extinguished a small shed fire with minimal damage to the shed and its contents. The investigation surrounding the circumstances […]

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