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British Columbia Wildfire Catastrophe: 30 Forensic Engineering Onsite & Ready to Assist

July 28, 2017   by -30- Forensic Engineering

As the current state of emergency in British Columbia continues, more than 3,200 square kilometers of land have been scorched, 40,000+ people have been forced from their homes, and hundreds of wildfires still continue to burn in B.C.’s interior, many of which are a direct threat to local communities. The effects of such a catastrophe are unprecedented in Canada. In addition to the rapid mobilization of Canada’s P&C insurance industry, there are over 3,500 firefighters and additional personnel battling the blazes with auxiliary support from 375 members of the military.

30 Forensic Engineering are deploying environmental staff in this early phase, to assess the extent of fire impacts for a variety of commercial and residential clients to set the stage for proper and safe restoration & re-occupation of the Town of Williams Lake as the evacuation orders are lifted and life seeks to return to normal.  “At 30 Forensic Engineering, we frequently encounter properties which have been subjected to serious emergency events and by taking a thorough yet efficient assessment in a timely manner, we can help to provide significant peace of mind to our insurance-industry clients and more importantly, the home- and business-owners whom they serve.  Ultimately we’re committed to a safe and speedy recovery from these wildfires and are looking forward to helping” states Jeff Reitsma P.Eng, and Practice Lead, Multi-disciplinary Remediation.

In response to this catastrophic wildfire event, 30 Forensic Engineering will be on the ground in Williams Lake and are able to provide an array of assessment and remediation services for our insurance industry partners, across the health & safety, environmental, structural, electrical and mechanical teams.

Collection of online resources dedicated to the
British Columbia wildfire emergency:

BC Wildfire Service – All Current Wildfires
BC Wildfire Service – MAP Active Wildfires
BC Wildfire Service – Latest Wildfire Statistics
BC Wildfire Contact Information
Current Wildfire Situation
Preparing for a Potential Evacuation
What to do if Evacuated from your Home
Donate to the British Columbia Fire Appeal

Additional wildfire resources available from:

Insurance Bureau of Canada
Canadian Red Cross
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Government of British Columbia
Emergency Info BC
Drive BC
Air Quality BC

BC Wildfire Service – Active Wildfires Map
(click on the map to see latest active fires)

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering (, based in Toronto, has been serving the insurance and legal industries for 15 years and is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 55 professional investigators is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Construction Claims
Biomechanics Personal Injury & Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations

For further information, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the -30- Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Mathew Elliott, Manager, Talent Acquisition

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