281 firefighters have journeyed almost 16,000km from Johannesburg, South Africa to help fight the Fort McMurray wildfire. They first thing they did upon arrival Sunday night was sing & dance for the crowd welcoming them to Edmonton International Airport.
Many of the firefighters were trained through the “Working on Fire” job-creation program, which helps lift young people in South Africa out of poverty. They’re here on a standard fourteen day deployment (which may be extended) and come from many regions of South Africa, so that no single area will be too short-staffed to deal with any fires at home.
One Fort Mac evacuee from Anzac was in the crowd at the airport to welcome them, personally thanking each one as they walked through the arrival gates. “Welcome to Canada, thank you so much,” he said, holding a hockey stick with a Canadian flag tied to it.
A man who works in Anzac is personally welcoming them all wi h a handshake and a Canadian flag on a hockey stick. pic.twitter.com/Tcz2C8VGCM
— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) May 30, 2016