The George wildfire has taken the lives of 8 people and been raging for nearly a week. A video of firefighters singing should be celebrated, for their hard work.
The fires broke out during a heatwave, with record high temperatures, the flames were fanned along by strong winds. Sean Snyman, Ward 19 and Community, Social Development and Libraries Portfolio Councillor in George, shared a Facebook live video of a group of firefighters heading to the front line after having a warm meal
These men and women had been on the frontline of the fire for 6 days. Before heading back out to fight the wildfire, they celebrated another day to keep fighting fires and saving lives. They sing and dance to give themselves the courage to battle the flames.
They place their lives on the line to ensure that people are safe. Their efforts never go unnoticed. While they do celebrate, they too mourn for those who could not be saved.
Sadly the fire swept through the SANParks residential estate and claimed the lives of 8 people including children and a baby. A spokesperson for SANParks spoke of how some families had lived in the homes for generations and lost everything. A total of 18 SANpark homes had been burned to the ground.
SANParks are housing the families and are pleading to people to help with donations. They can accept any items including perishable items as they have refrigeration for the families.
Sean Snyman has made a request to help firefighters with morning started packs. They need 750ml water, eyedrops, lip balm and bar-one chocolates to help provide energy on the front line.
“Any groups or individuals willing to contribute can contact Charissa Botha at 0827607568”
You can follow Counciller Sean’s Facebook page for updates on how to help the firefighters and nurses in the area. The fire is under control for now which is hopeful news.
Watch their singing below.