Canadian Underwriter

FirstOnSite Sets up a Command Centre in Slave Lake, Alberta

June 2, 2011   by Canadian Underwriter magazine

Leader in Canadian disaster restoration is providing on-site support for businesses and residents affected by the wildfires

Nearly two weeks after historic wildfires emptied the town of Slave Lake, 7,000 evacuees began returning last Friday morning in a major step toward rebuilding the community.

Local FirstOnSite teams have been preparing for the restoration for the last two weeks and National CAT Operations Chief, Billy Short has been in Slave Lake since the onset, working closely with local authorities.

As a part of their commitment to helping the residents of Slave Lake rebuild their lives FirstOnSite Restoration has set up a 10 acre camp just outside of town. The Command Center is complete with power, running water and wireless internet and is also acting as temporary living accommodations for crews. The national restoration company has responded to the local tragedy by mobilizing national resources and is sending manpower, equipment, supplies and vehicles to the area as needed.

In addition to mobilizing resources, FirstOnSite has also been hiring locally and will continue to do so as needs are identified. They are giving priority to local people who may have lost their jobs as a result of this tragedy.

FirstOnSite are available to provide additional insight on the situation, the Command Centre and how the company is helping residents of Slave Lake, Alberta.

About FirstOnSite Restoration

FirstOnSite Restoration is the largest independent emergency restoration company in Canada serving the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. With 1,100 employees and more than 40 branches coast-to-coast, it delivers 24/7 emergency services when a disaster strikes. FirstOnSite’s corporate structure provides scale, stability and unsurpassed capabilities in Canada. The core strength of the company is its team. It looks for the best and the brightest in the industry. It invests in its people and in the communities where they live and work. FirstOnSite is majority-owned by TorQuest Partners Inc. and is an approved vendor for many leading insurance companies. For more information visit: or call 1-877-778-6731.

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