Chief re­ceives com­men­da­tion for work in over­see­ing Sept. 11, 2017 fire

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - PROFILES - Con­trib­uted

In the evening of Sept. 11, 2017, a fire call was re­ceived for a grass fire lo­cated north of CFB Suffield.

By Sept. 12, the fire had con­sumed over 90,000 acres and im­pacted res­i­dents, pro­duc­ers, and com­mu­ni­ties.

Glen Du­rand, Spe­cial Ar­eas Fire Chief, co­or­di­nated the on-scene re­sponse as Scene Com­man­der.

By the end of this cat­a­strophic grass­fire, over 16 fire ser­vices with 42 ap­pa­ra­tuses had re­sponded.

In ad­di­tion to the fire de­part­ments (staffed by lo­cal vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers), Du­rand worked with the Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter in Hanna to co­or­di­nate the re­sponse of mu­tual aid partners, sup­port equip­ment, and other re­spond­ing groups.

For his personal ef­forts re­spond­ing to the Bind­loss grass­fire, Du­rand was honored with a for­mal Base Com­man­der Com­men­da­tion.

Pre­sented by Lieu­tenant-Colonel Onieu, Base Com­man­der for CFB Suffield, this Com­men­da­tion rec­og­nized Du­rand’s skill­ful co­or­di­na­tion of the on­scene re­sponse to the grass­fire.

Du­rand’s personal ini­tia­tive, lead­er­ship and de­ci­sion­mak­ing dur­ing Sept. 11-12, 2017 were all specif­i­cally high­lighted.

Du­rand’s personal ef­forts were rec­og­nized as con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to the mit­i­ga­tion of dam­age to the com­mu­nity, with his work ex­em­pli­fy­ing the best of his pro­fes­sion.

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Glen Du­rand, fire chief for Spe­cial Ar­eas Board, re­cently re­ceived a com­men­da­tion from CFB Suffied base com­man­der Lt.-Col. Onieu for his lead­er­ship dur­ing the vast grass­fire of Sept. 11, 2017.

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