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Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program

The Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program was a great success, recognizing hundreds of residents in Wood Buffalo for their outstanding service during the first 100 hours of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire. This program is now closed, and the content on these pages are for record-keeping purposes only.

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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Messages Of Thanks From Mayor And Council

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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 were 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.

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