Less than two and a half weeks ago, a wildfire spread across Fort McMurray. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate from their homes, many with only the clothes on their back. More than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray, are now entering their third week away from home with no word on when they may be able to return. The wildfire is significantly growing and is now estimated to be 350,000 hectares in size and has caused millions of dollars worth of damage. To date, there is a total of 15 wildfires, 3 of them being out of control. Access to Fort McMurray is restricted to emergency response teams only, no public access is allowed. AHS has also issued a air quality advisory index for Fort McMurray. Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index readings are normally measured on a scale of 1 to 10. Currently, Fort McMurray, has a rating of 38, slowing down workers trying to restore the area.

On Tuesday May 3, 2016 at approximately Delivery Tech Inc dispatch got a call from Alberta Health Services for a rush delivery to the Edmonton International Airport  to Fort McMurray for the delivery of relief supplies. Delivery Tech Inc owner, Neil Lakshman raced over to the MDC warehouse and loaded supplies including various types of snacks, medical supplies and water. Security and assistance vehicles were awaiting the arrival of supplies and escorted Neil Lakshman right on to the tarmac next to the jet.  It took around three hours to load up the supplies and ensure than nothing was missed. We are honored to be called upon by AHS to deliver freight during this time of need !

 

For more information, including updates on the status of Fort McMurray, please visit:

http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=41701E7ECBE35-AD48-5793-1642C499FF0DE4CF