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Mayor and Council Launch Medal program to Recognize Exceptional Service During 2016 Wildfire

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 27, 2017) – Mayor and Council have launched the Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program today – a program which recognizes the exceptional service of the local community during the first 100 hours of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire -- including firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and the public.

“We wish to recognize those extraordinary individuals from our community who took it upon themselves to help in the first 100 hours of the wildfire,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “While there were unprecedented efforts from firefighters and law enforcement across the region, there was also significant assistance from the general public, and that also needs to be recognized.”

As a means of honouring all of the numerous people and groups, three award categories have been developed for the Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program:

  • Fire Fighter Award for Service recognizes local fire fighters
  • Law Enforcement Award for Service recognizes local law enforcement personnel – including RCMP, Bylaw and Sheriffs
  • Achievement in Public Service recognizes members of the public who have distinguished themselves by direct hands-on participation in an act or operation of a humanitarian nature during the first 100 hours of the 2016 wildfire.

From April 27 until May 19, residents can nominate individuals from the public. The Municipality already has a comprehensive list of all local firefighters and law enforcement personnel who supported during the first 100 hours.

Nomination covers a period of service between May 3 from 1 p.m., to May 7 at 5 p.m. during which the individual performed actions, deeds or achievements.

Once the nomination process closes on May 19, shortly after, award recipients from all categories will receive an invitation to a recognition event on Canada Day weekend, which will include medal presentations, speeches, and a community BBQ.

The Town of Slave Lake held a similar recognition program following the wildfire that affected their community. The Municipality has been working closely with representatives from Slave Lake to develop a program for Wood Buffalo.

Find out more about the program or nominate someone for the Award for Achievement in Public Service at www.rmwb.ca/medal.

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