Congratulations to our 2024 Flood Legacy Bursary Winners!

Thank you to everyone who applied for our 2024 Flood Legacy Bursary!

Get to know the recipients below.

Matt Pecar

I am originally from Manitoba and I have seen a fair amount of flooding as a child. As I aged I became a first responder in The Pas, Manitoba. We experienced flooding on the Saskatchewan river yearly mainly in the Spring time. I have also been apart of overland flooding on many creek dykes and Dams. I have been apart of many water related rescues. I am currently with Wasauksing First Nation as the First Chief and we are surrounded by bodies of water. We are currently expanding to offer water rescue services. This course would assist us gratefully in being one of the First Nation Fire Service to Offer this type of service!
My experience with flooding has been doing rescues to assisting with sandbagging and emergency management.

Renée Dumas

In 2011, I moved from Calgary to Lethbridge to attend university. During the 2013 floods, I had family members who were first responders and I remember feeling helpless as I waited to hear from them, and from other affected family members friendsaffected by the devastating floods in Calgary. I really struggled with not being able to “do something.”

Now, I am an active member of SAR in Lethbridge, and when the next major flooding event occurs, I want to be able to skillfully, safely, and competently respond. Expanding my skillset in the area feels like a way to give back to all of the first responders who helped keep their team members and my family and friends safe during the horrific floods in 2013.

Lance Jarvis

November 2021 there was an atmospheric river in the Fraser valley. I was a Lieutenant with the Agassiz fire department at the time and was involved with several mud slides around the area. First I went out with the Deputy chief to Harrison lake to find a mud slide took out the road for over a km and trapped people. We went door to door evacuating residents around the slide area to get them to safety.
At the same time. A giant land slide slid down on the Lougheed highway and swept vehicles off the road. It trapped 9 people who had to crawl to the roofs of their vehicles to get away from the mud and debris.
Agassiz Fire went into action and we deployed 20+ fire fighters into the slide area to rescue everyone. Some 300+ people were trapped between Agassiz and Hope, but with the help of the Canadian Army and Canada Task Force 1, everyone was flown out of the area and to safety. Those 2 days were long and full of hard work, but having no deaths and no one seriously injured was a miracle.
The department was awarded plaques and pins by the local and provincial governments for the heroism and work we put in to making the event successful.

Allen Tonn

The 2016 flood in Dawson Creek, BC, was a historic event that devastated the community and left a lasting impact on its residents. The flood, which occurred in late spring, was triggered by a combination of heavy rainfall and rapid snowmelt, causing the creek to overflow its banks and flood large areas of the city.

The floodwaters reached unprecedented levels, surpassing previous records by several feet. The swift and forceful currents swept away vehicles, damaged homes and businesses, and left many residents stranded and in need of rescue. The floodwaters also caused extensive damage to infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and utilities, further complicating rescue and recovery efforts.

In response to the crisis, the Dawson Creek Search and Rescue (SAR) team mobilized quickly to assist with evacuations, provide medical aid, and conduct search and rescue operations. Despite the team not being designated as a swiftwater rescue team, they worked tirelessly alongside other emergency responders to ensure the safety and well-being of all affected residents.

The flood of 2016 was a stark reminder of the unpredictable and destructive power of nature. It tested the resilience and strength of the Dawson Creek community, but it also brought out the best in its residents, who rallied together to support one another in the face of adversity.

As we reflect on the lessons learned from the 2016 flood, we recognize the importance of being prepared for future emergencies. The potential grant with Raven RSM and the opportunity to access additional training through the Flood Legacy Bursary would greatly enhance our ability to respond effectively to similar events in the future. By investing in our team and our community’s safety, we can ensure that we are better prepared to handle whatever challenges come our way.