At this point, you probably know about the raging wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Thousands of people have been displaced and the fires are still alight in many places. Heroic firefighters and volunteers are doing all they can to put out fires, provide resources to evacuees, and generally boost the morale of everyone involved. It’s a tough and never-ending job, but they’re about to get some major help.
Yesterday night, 300 South African firefighters sang and danced their way onto the scene and they are ready to fight some fires. That’s right, these heroes aren’t just here for the noble purpose of fire control, they are also ready to provide entertainment and lift spirits like it’s their day job. Upon their arrival, the group performed an impromptu song and dance at the airport to a crowd of grateful evacuees and onlookers. We dare you to watch this eager, yellow-clad group sing and dance without cracking a smile. It’s impossible.
They’ve also informed Canadians that they sing when on the job too, to keep that difficult work from getting them down. This is exactly what Alberta needs right now: a group of people who are able to sing through their hardships like characters in a Disney movie. Seriously, look at those happy, hopeful firefighters!
They’ve already undergone an intense 10-day boot camp to learn how to deal with the types of fires currently in Alberta. With mostly bush fires and restricted access to water back home, the techniques for fighting these fires are new to the group. But don’t worry, they’re all ready to go now! Some of the firefighters are returning to Canada after helping with last year’s fires in Alberta and B.C. and some have never even flown in a plane before, but they are all eager to help.
Singing and dancing firefighters are definitely one of those precious few good things to come out of the crisis in Alberta. You just keep on doing you, South African firefighters! Your positivity is MUCH appreciated.