SA firefighters arrive to warm Canadian welcome

The team arrived in Edmonton to help the country fight a fire in Alberta, which has been raging over a month.

Over 300 South African firefighters board a Boeing 777 to Canada on 29 May to assist Fort McMurray in battling raging wild fires, which have been blazing for over a month. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - South African firefighters have received a warm welcome in Canada, and are fast becoming known among the Canadians for their singing of struggle songs.

The team touched down in Edmonton to help the country fight a fire in Alberta, which has been raging over a month.

Eighty thousand people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray.

The South African firefighters are resting today and will tomorrow be briefed about their operation for the next month.

The team will only travel to the affected province on Thursday.

Working on Fire's Linton Rensburg says, "That is what our South Africans have also become known for - how happy we are and how excited we are to be there. The singing and the dancing has also caught on; it has been captured on Canadian television. We go out to work being happy and excited."

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