Earlier this week the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented ATCO with an Emergency Recovery Award, recognizing the tremendous response of our employees working together during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire.
The EEI’s Emergency Recovery Awards recognizes “companies that faced difficult circumstances caused by extraordinary events” and that put forth “an outstanding effort to restore service to the public”.
Our crews in Fort McMurray went above and beyond during the crisis to protect property in the community and keep important electricity services running so that firefighters could keep the flames at bay. For weeks, our employees worked in dangerous conditions, including dense smoke and heat, to repair and maintain damaged critical electrical infrastructure.
Within a month of the largest evacuation and the most devastating fire in Canadian history, we restored service to Fort McMurray without a single lost-time safety incident.
ATCO is proud of the bravery, commitment and perseverance shown by our women and men on the ground during the crisis, and those who stepped in to cover for their colleagues as we focused our collective efforts on helping the community of Fort McMurray. We sprang to action when we were needed, not for recognition, but because we are committed to the communities we serve.
Being awarded the EEI’s Emergency Recovery Award from an American association shows how significant the crisis in Fort McMurray was, how admirably our people responded and how far word of our efforts travelled. Thank you to the EEI for this award, and to all our employees who rose to the occasion for the people of Fort McMurray.