August 27 FireSmart Cleanup Recap


The inaugural Firesmart Community Cleanup for Summerwood and the Gilwood Golf & Country Club was an outstanding success, thanks to the generous outlay of time, energy and equipment by all involved. The event took place Sunday, August 27, and was fueled by a great turnout and high energy from Summerwood residents, the Gilwood Golf & Country Club Maintenance division, Alberta Wildland Firefighter crews, and the FireSmart Crew.

A great deal of work got done due to the many helpful hands on site. Alberta Wildland Firefighter crews and the FireSmart Crew were busy with powersaws, and – even in the heat – everyone stayed dedicated to the task of clearing the debris. Gilwood Golf & Country Club donated time and effort from their maintenance crew; unfortunately their names are not available, but the extra help they proivided was greatly appreciated.

Connie Schultz was the main organizer of the event, and she is also the representative from the Summerwood subdivision. The community cleanup was well-prepped with good communication and high morale. Thanks to everyone involved for their help before, during and after the cleanup, and congratulations to the Summerwood community on the success of their first annual FireSmart Community Cleanup event!

For the most part, ‘dead and down’ vegetation and debris was taken out of the zone. Potentially hazardous/dangerous trees (such as dead trees known as ‘snags’) were fallen and removed. This meant that the forest floor opened significantly near the 17th hole.

All of the FireSmart Crew were on hand with powersaws, and even brought out their truly awesome BBQ Firetruck, which was much appreciated by the crowd. Thanks to the FireSmart crew and reps that included:

  • Crew Lead Patrick McConnell
  • Sub Lead Ryan Coutts
  • Member Logan Skahl
  • Member Adam Shirley
  • Student Zoey Pearson
  • Local Fire Representative Patti Campsall
  • Coordinator Brandy Walters

Alberta Wildland Firefighter crews were out in very good number as well. The men were keen to use their powersaws, and the work certainly demanded it. Thanks to these work crews:

  • Alberta Wildland Firefighter HAC 01 Crew: Mike Turcotte, Jeremy Ilgert & Robb David
  • Alberta Wildland Firefighter HAC 02 Crew: Sheldon Houle & Dan Onaczyszyn
  • Alberta Wildland Firefighter HAC 04 Crew: Nathan Rainnie, Dillon Friesen, Brandon Sharpe
  • Alberta Wildland Firefighter HAC 06 Crew: Cody Tomashewski & Tony Campbell

There were approximately 17 volunteers registered from the Summerwood subdivision, with volunteers from Slave Lake. A big thank you goes out to everyone who took the effort to volunteer and lend a helping hand on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. All in all, this was a relatively short working bee with amazing results!

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