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Slave Lake fire chief thanks Calgary firefighters

June 21, 2011, Calgary  - The fire chief from Slave Lake in northern Alberta has personally thanked hundreds of firefighters from Calgary who helped beat back a destructive blaze last month.

June 21, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Chief Jamie Coutts also dropped by Calgary city hall to thank council for sending them.

Coutts says Calgary crews built extensive fencing and an over-land hydrant system to help protect the town.

He says the Slave Lake disaster would have been much worse without the city's support.

Calgary smoke eaters also played a huge role in getting displaced residents back home quickly and safely.

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Coutts says there just aren't the right words to express the community's thanks.

Members from the Calgary Fire Department, emergency management and public safety were sent to Slave Lake for two weeks.

The forest fire destroyed one-third of the town.