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Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program

The Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program recognizes the exceptional service of members of our community during the first 100 hours of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire – including Firefighters, Law Enforcement personnel (RCMP, Bylaw and Sheriffs) and members of the public.

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As a means of honouring all of the numerous people and groups, three award categories have been developed for the recognition program:

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How To Pick Up Your Medal

Medal recipients that were not at the ceremony can pick up their medal from July 5 -31.

Go to the east entrance on the first floor of Jubilee Centre at 9909 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). A piece of photo ID is required.

Those who are not able to pick up their medal are encouraged to find someone to pick it up for them. Written permission from the recipient will be required along with photo ID.

Questions about picking up your medal?

Phone: 780-743-7940
Email: medal@rmwb.ca

On May 3, 2016, an out-of-control wildfire swept through the region and threatened residents across Wood Buffalo. While this wildfire changed the history of our region and the lives of many, it also brought together residents, businesses, industry and organizations from across the region and from all walks of life. Together you protected each other, evacuated to safety, and provided significant support to your community.

In recognition of the unprecedented cooperation, resourcefulness and heroism of those who took it upon themselves to participate in the first 100 hours of the wildfire, the Mayor and Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo honoured those extraordinary individuals by awarding the Council Commendation Wildfire Medals at a community event on July 1, 2017 at Shell Place.

Award Categories

As a means of honouring all of the numerous people and groups, three award categories have been developed for the recognition program.

Firefighter Award for Service

This includes any local Firefighter or member of the following local fire departments, whose actions contributed to the direct fight or support of operations to defend the Municipality from the Horse River Fire during the first 100 hours. (from 1 p.m. May 3 to 5 p.m. May 7).

  • Fort McMurray Fire Department
  • Fort McKay Volunteer Fire Department
  • Saprae Creek Volunteer Fire Department
  • Anzac Volunteer Fire Department
  • Conklin Volunteer Fire Department
  • Fort Chipewyan Volunteer Fire Department
  • Syncrude Fire Department
  • Nexen Long Lake Fire Department
  • Suncor Fire Department
  • Shell Albian Sands Fire Department
  • CNRL Fire Department
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Law Enforcement Award for Service

This includes any member of the RCMP, Sheriff or Bylaw groups whose actions contributed to the evacuation or direct support of the fire operations during the first 100 hours.

Achievement for Public Service

This includes Individuals from the public who have distinguished themselves by direct "hands on" participation in an act or operation of a humanitarian nature directed towards an individuals or groups of individuals during the first 100 hours of the wildfire.

Q&A: Council Commendation Wildfire Program

How and when were medals presented?

On July 1, 2017, the Council Commendation Wildfire Medals were presented at a community event which was held at Shell Place following the Canada Day Parade. Nominees were encouraged to attend the ceremony and receive a medal of recognition for their efforts.

How are nominees notified that they are receiving an award?

Those who have been nominated were sent an RSVP in their email for the recognition event. Additional emails were sent to confirm RSVP and provide event details to those planning to attend the ceremony.

I could not attend the ceremony, but was nominated for a medal. Can I still receive it?

Yes, medal recipients that were not at the ceremony can pick up their medal from July 5 -31 on the first floor of Jubilee Centre at 9909 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray. Those who are not able to pick up their medal are encouraged to find someone to pick it up for them. Written permission from the recipient will be required along with ID.

How did this program originate?

The program originates from a motion made by Councillor Sheldon Germain on Aug. 2, 2016, to develop a Council Commendation Program. Councillor Germain proposed a program to recognize individuals for deeds or acts of service or valour that is outstanding, exceptional and beyond the expected normal call of duty.

The Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program was also partly inspired from a proposal by Ryan Pitchers, Captain on the Fort McMurray Fire Department. Pitchers proposed a program to recognize first responders, municipal employees and members of the public for their extraordinary efforts during the first 100 hours of the Horse River Wildfire.

Have other communities run similar programs?

The Community 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 our region.

Contact

For any questions or further information, please send an email to medal@rmwb.ca.

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