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South African firefighters arrive in Canada to help tackle Fort McMurray wildfire


Nearly 300 South African firefighters touched down at an airport in Alberta, Canada, yesterday (30 May) to help battle the huge ‘Fort McMurray’ wildfire, which has been raging for nearly a month.

The firefighters seemed in good spirits upon arrival, singing a traditional ‘soldier song’ for the large crowd which had gathered to welcome them.

Most of the group came through a South African program called “Working on Fire”, which recruits and offers training to individuals from “marginalized communities”. (WOF website)

They will join 2,300 firefighters, who are already tackling the blaze.

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