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Fort McMurray Ready for Returning Residents



After the wild fire devastation and complete evacuation of the City of Fort McMurray, AB, the government is in high gear to keep the promise of a June 1 phased-in return date of 90,000 evacuees. Officials estimate up to 15,000 people to be headed back home on June 1. The fire began on May 3 and destroyed more than 2,400 homes and buildings.


To complicate matters, the hospital sustained smoke and water damage and must be decontaminated. This means a full service temporary field hospital needed to be built on site by Alberta Health Services (AHS).


On Friday May 27, Lorne Wensel of Amramp Alberta was contacted by Alcor Construction to supply wheelchair ramps for the AHS temporary field hospital in Fort McMurray for the June 1 return date. At the time the Amramp Alberta truck was loaded and ready for the trip to Grande Prairie, AB – about 5 hours NW of Edmonton with a large job that could not be delayed. Using mobile technology and the support of the Amramp home office in Boston, MA, plans, designs and inventory checks were done over the weekend for delivery on Monday, May 30, to Fort McMurray, about  5 hours NE of Edmonton.


The first 60-foot ramp went in for the Home Care AHS division trailer by 9 pm Monday night and the second 60-foot ramp, for the AHS patient waiting room – triage trailer, was installed by noon on Tuesday, May 31.


Amramp Mission Accomplished, in time for the return date deadline. Amramp proves once again that their inventoried centers, across the USA and now in Canada, offer accessibility solutions during times of crisis. From hurricanes, floods or fires Amramp is deployed locally, professionally and on time. Amramp Alberta is proud to be part of the YMM return. Fort McMurray Strong – you will rebuild!


For more information on Amramp, please contact our international Call Center at 888-715-7598 or visit our website: www.amramp.com/alberta.


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