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A group of SA firefighters went to Canada to help with the wildfires last year.

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The fires, which have been raging for several weeks now, reportedly cover more than 5,000 square kilometres.

The 80,000-resident town of Fort Mc Murray was evacuated because of the devastating blaze.

“Their plan is to bring our firefighters back home.

I’m not sure if it’ll be immediate.” The firefighters from the Western Cape were lauded as heroes and became overnight darlings of the international media after a video of them singing at the Edmonton airport on 30 May went viral.

They were deployed to Canada’s Fort Mc Murray region where a wildfire has been raging for over a month.

The assistance of the South African “Working on Fire” team, which will make up a group of about 1,000, was reportedly asked for by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

Working on Fire aims to provide work opportunities to young men and women, and falls under and is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Participants are recruited from marginalised communities and trained in fire awareness and education, fire prevention and fire suppression skills.

In addition they are also trained in skills such as first aid, carpentry, cooking, health and safety and communications.

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