300 SOUTH AFRICAN FIREFIGHTERS LEAVE FOR CANADA TO HELP FIGHT ALBERTA WILDFIRES

More than 300 South African firefighters have left from OR Tambo International Airport here for Canada to assist in the first against wildfires in western Canada where some half a million hectares of land have been scorched.

The firemen and women, who are with from Working on Fire — a government-funded programme focusing on implementing Integrated Fire Management in South Africa with more than 5,000 young men and women fully trained as wildfire firefighters — will join the Canadian authorities to fight raging forest infernos.

The fires which broke out earlier this month have left more than 250.000 people displaced after they were evacuated from their homes.

For many of the South African firefighters it is a combination of excitement and nerves as they department over the weekend to embark on this project.

In April they underwent vigorous training to prepare themselves for the massive challenge which lies ahead.

This is Working On Fire’s biggest deployment yet and for the firefighters it is a chance to represent South Africa.

The Canadian authorities have been experience raging infernos especially in the western province of Alberta.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK