Industry Cooperation needed in response to Fort McMurray Wildfires

Vancouver, BC - On Side Restoration Services Ltd. is developing a plan to respond to the situation in...

May 05 2016

Industry Cooperation needed in response to Fort McMurray Wildfires

Vancouver, BC – On Side Restoration Services Ltd. is developing a plan to respond to the situation in Fort McMurray and the company would also like to assist with a larger mobilization of cross-industry personnel. Given the sheer scale of the Fort McMurray Wildfire event, and the pending need to get as many skilled resources on the ground as is possible, the community would strongly benefit by a cooperative approach to help bring in as many resources as possible.

In reality, many companies in eastern and western Canada have been experiencing below normal claims levels. As a result, many companies may have been forced to reduce hours for experienced staff. Now with the Fort McMurray wildfires the dilemma facing these companies now is: do we send our already scarce resources north to help? Can we afford to give up these valuable and limited resources such as Management, Project Managers and Field staff?

Although responding to Fort McMurray’s needs may mean increased revenue in the short-term, it could also mean falling behind with their home market needs. Failure to serve this core business could have long-term and lasting negative impact on the enterprise.

For organizations that want to participate in the Fort McMurray response, but don’t currently have the capacity to release ‘teams’ of people, On Side Restoration is proposing to provide temporary employment for these company’s under-employed and available staff for work in Fort McMurray. There is potential for significant work with considerable overtime during the response effort.

In return, On Side would offer compensation for referring or loaning these workers. Further, On Side would enter a non-solicitation agreement with your company where On Side would agree to not hire these employees after the Fort McMurray assignment was complete. On Side would also inform clients of the resource source to ensure the various restoration companies would receive recognition for their efforts in the response.

With this arrangement, On Side would receive access to skilled field resources that support a broader coordinated industry response. Resources needed are field supervisors, carpenters, water technicians, contents and cleaning, as well as skilled restoration labour. The companies providing resources will be recognized for helping respond to this unprecedented disaster while still being able to retain their focus on their home market. Under-utilized or available resources can be fully utilized which can help staff retention, without risk of competitor recruitment.

On Side Restoration sees this as a positive and plausible coordinated effort and the company asks for your input on how to make this program work. Interested companies or parties should contact Samantha Barton with On Side Restoration.

CONTACT: Samantha Barton, On Side Restoration Services Ltd. or 888-663-6604

7 Responses to Industry Cooperation needed in response to Fort McMurray Wildfires

  1. b allen bond May 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    General Manager HR Manager

    If your restoration company is planning to send crews to Ft. Murray to help with the disaster there, the first new staff member you will need is a Safety Professional

    I am that Safety Professional . I am a National Construction Safety Officer. I have experience with restoration and am IICRC certified in Water removal and structural drying ,Mould removal and Smoke. Damage. I am also Asbestos removal licensed and have worked in the restoration industry for 10 years.

    I have just completed a stint as Safety Officer with an Asbestos removal company and able to leave for Ft. Murray at a moments notice. .I was a Safety Officer during the wild fires in Slave Lake in 2011 .

    I am looking forward to working with a professional Restoration Company during the restoration and rebuilding of the Ft. Murray community.

    I look forward to hearing from you .

    B Allen Bond
    Indoor Environmentalist (IAQA)
    WRT , AMRT. Smoke and Fire (IICRC)

  2. Mike McCrae May 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm


    I own a house cleaning company with a side line of furnace and duct cleaning. Presently I have one truck that I could make available to send to Fort McMurray. If I had work with you I could arrange to get a second truck in pretty short order. I also have a nice holiday trailer that I could send to provide housing for my staff. Please let me know if this interests you. Thank you,

  3. Brandon Neeve May 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Hello there. My mom works for onside and told me about you guys wanting people for Fort Mac. I’ve worked with her in the past and I’m very interested in working up there.

  4. Brendan Hart May 26, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Brendan Hart,
    Hello, I am a resident of Edmonton and am looking to support the people of Fort McMurray with their rebuild. I am very interested in and willing to work in that area. I submitted my resume for a Edmonton Position but would be more than willing to go to Fort McMurray.

  5. Robert Irons May 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Hi there,

    I work for a moving company in Calgary, we have trucks and man power available for deliveries of equipment and supplies etc. to Fort Mac. Please let us know if you can use our services. We also have a large warehouse for storage if needed.


  6. Liam Graham June 6, 2016 at 9:15 am


    I own a dry ice blasting company in Grande Prairie AB. with 3 units. We do commercial blasting in the oil and gas but I also know it is used for smoke damage and restoration.

    If there is potential to work together please contact me.

  7. Warning: printf(): Too few arguments in /home/onside/public_html/wp-content/themes/onside/functions.php on line 531
    June 30, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I am up there now, doing the electrical supply part, and the electrical safety side, also maintaining the air scrubbers…..a demanding job but rewarding to being able to see something construction being done.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Head Office 3157 Grandview Hwy Vancouver, BC, V5M 2E9 Tel: 604-293-1596 Fax: 604-293-2274 Toll Free: 1-888-663-6604
Abbotsford BC
Barrie ON
Calgary AB
Dartmouth NS
Duncan BC
Durham BC
Edmonton AB
Grande Prairie AB
Hamilton ON
Kamloops BC
Kelowna BC
Kitchener ON
Lethbridge AB
London ON
Medicine Hat AB
Nanaimo BC
Niagara ON
Red Deer AB
Squamish BC
St. John's NL
Surrey BC
Toronto ON
Truro NS
Vancouver BC
Vernon BC
Victoria BC
Woodstock ON