You might have heard last week that South Africa is sending a big group of firefighters to assist Canada with a raging fire.
The firefighters left South Africa over the weekend. Fire Information Officer Travis Fairweather said the firefighters making their way to Alberta are from all over South Africa.
“They do that to make sure they maintain even balance so they don’t take too many out of one area and leave them too depleted on resources,” said Fairweather.
A large group of the South African firefighters come through a program in their country called “Working On Fire.” The program was set up over a decade ago and is designed to give young people in that country a job, pulling them out of poverty.
Around 2,300 firefighters are currently battling the wildfire. Firefighters have been flown in from across Canada and the U.S