May 13, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
The devastating wildfire that has swept through Fort McMurray and the surrounding area, forcing the evacuation of the city and numerous project sites and camps, is one that touches the Bird family deeply.
“While countless homes and businesses have been lost or damaged, including our Parson’s Creek School project and the homes of some of our own workers (details of which will not be fully known until the city is re-opened to residents and workers), all Bird and Nason employees are currently safe and accounted for,” reported the Bird website. “While the situation on the ground remains volatile, our district offices continue to work around the clock coordinating efforts with each other, our clients and the local communities to offer assistance, and to ensure the continued safety of all our personnel.”
In order to encourage a coordinated relief response, the Alberta Government and the Government of Canada are matching all donations to the Canadian Red Cross.
Accordingly, Bird is making an initial donation of $50,000, and as part of its own matching program for Bird employees, Bird will match all donations exceeding its initial donation.
“Fort McMurray has long been a part of our company’s success story. While the devastation to property and neighbourhoods will be severe and the impact on people’s lives incalculable, we remain thankful and amazed that due to the efforts of so many individuals, agencies, governments, organizations and companies, the loss of human life has not been the story of this tragic event,” stated a company news release.
For the Canadian Red Cross donation page, CLICK HERE.