281 firefighters from Johannesburg, South Africa made the long journey to help Canadian fire fighters help fight the massive wildfires in Alberta.
According to CBCNews, Khomt Alucie, one of the firefighters who made the journey, said the group has only known each other for a day and singing is how they bond.
“It gives us moral courage, it gives us teamwork,” she said. “If we become tired in the fire we sing.”
“It’s not something you practice, it’s in the soul.”
A large portion of the South African firefighters have come through a program in their country called “Working On Fire.”
The program was implemented over a decade ago and is designed to give young people in that country a job, pulling them out of poverty.
Almost 2,300 firefighters are battling 14 active wildfires in Alberta. Firefighters have also been flown in from the United States.