Congratulations, James: The 2023 Flood Legacy Bursary

Each year, our Flood Legacy Bursary gives us the opportunity to offer one emergency responder professional development.  In turn, they are able to better protect their community, and the team they work with.

This year’s recipient is James Martin, with Fort McMurray Search and Rescue.

Sunday April 26th 2020 . Flooding caused evacuations of Draper and Taginovia in Fort McMurray, Alberta. FMSAR was tasked with evacuating people and clearing buildings in Taganovia as well as adding additional support to Draper once completed. SAR activation lasted 3 full days. Not only did Fort McMurray SAR evacuate and clear building of occupants, but, countless pets were saved from the flooding.

James Martin with Fort McMurray Search and Rescue

Fort McMurray is surrounded by many rivers, lakes and marsh lands making water rescue the majority of calls in the region. Being able to train more of FMSAR members in swift water rescue would not only benefit FMSAR , the surrounding communities that we also provide services too. FMSAR does not just service Fort McMurray but all communities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo which includes communities such as Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Anzac, Janvier and at times are called to other parts of Alberta for support.