SA firefighters raise the roof in Canada

(Canada) – A team of almost 300 South African firefighters made a heart-warming entrance into Canada recently as they launched into song on arrival in the city of Edmonton.

The firefighters flew into the capital of Alberta province to help battle the forest fires that have raged across Western Canada for several weeks.

Representing eight of South Africa’s provinces, the firefighters drummed up their courage and bonded as a group by singing traditional songs.

Most are part of the South African government’s Working on Fire programme, which creates employment for previously disadvantaged youth in rural communities. Although trained in firefighting, the team also underwent a 10-day boot camp to prepare them for Canadian conditions.

More than 80 000 residents of oil centre Fort McMurray were forced to flee the wild fires, which now stretch over 5 200km square kilometres of forest.

This video story was sourced from SA People News