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Feeding the Firefighters Battling the B.C. Blaze

Wildfires raging across British Columbia have forced residents from their homes, ravaged acres of boreal forest and called hundreds of emergency responders to action. On July 16, with the fires spreading rapidly and no end in sight, the Government of British Columbia’s Cariboo Regional District Emergency Management team called on ATCO to help establish a base camp for the brave firefighters battling the blaze.

With our extensive experience operating in remote locations and responding to emergencies of all types, our people quickly mobilized structures and personnel to a location near 150 Mile House, B.C. In just days, we established a turn-key food service operation, including  kitchen, sewage, water and other infrastructure services needed to support the firefighters in their response efforts.

By July 19, our Camp Services Team was on site handing out water and sandwiches while the kitchen was being set-up. Once the kitchen was fully operational, they were serving three meals a day to roughly 100 firefighters stationed in the area.

“It was truly amazing to see how quickly this operation was brought together despite multiple logistical challenges we faced. Our people were fully committed to getting the job done,” says Vitaly Galiulin, Senior Director, Camp Services.

“The passion and the energy among our people was incredible. All ATCO departments – HR, Supply Chain, Modular and Camp Services, made it their absolute priority to successfully mobilize this operation in less than one week,” he adds.

We hope the fires are extinguished soon, but remain ready to support B.C’s bravest for as long as it takes.  

 
 

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