The best thing you will see today

Samoa fire crew singing

Above: Screen grab from the video of the Samoa fire crew.

Take a break from the depressing national news and watch the best thing you will see today. It shows a fire crew from Samoa apparently walking out of the forest, perhaps at the end of the day. And they are singing, acappella, a hymn — with some of the firefighters singing harmony.

It was filmed at the Helena-Fork Fire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northwest California. The video was posted September 27, 2017 by Lori Light.

The video below was uploaded by Dean Vernarecci October 9, 2015, titled, “The Samoa fire hand crew do the HAKA at the Gasquet Fire”.

Below is another video of a fire crew from Samoa on a wildfire assignment. It was posted August 27, 2017 by Ronneesu who described it: “Prior to demobing, American Samoa Fire Crew shared culture and spirit with staff at Modoc National Forest Supervisor’s Office, Alturas, CA.”

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

10 thoughts on “The best thing you will see today”

  1. What an absolute breath of fresh air!! Morale? Cohesiveness? I think they have it all!
    Thank you Bill. That made my day.jw

  2. Outstanding!! This explains wildland firefighting camaraderie, teamwork, and leadership better than when I watched “Sector Boss” on 16mm.

    Thanks for sharing this Bill.

  3. Also, my first year on the Globe Hotshots (74) we rode in the back of a cattle truck. Our forman (didn’t have superintendents in those days) always made us sing Smokey the Bear whenever we went through a town….

  4. That was awesome! Such a lovely tune. I wonder if their singing voice is part of their quals. “Sorry Bill you’re a great firefighter but what we’re really looking for a good tenor”

  5. Viia le Atua! What a ‘united’ team we’ve got! We miss you guys…o le a manatuaina outou i talosaga. Faamalo, Faafetai mo la outou tautua matavela. God bless!

  6. I was so deeply touched by all the people who came out to help Sonoma County when we truly were on fire. My heart goes to all the folks who lost loved ones and those who lost their homes. Many prayers have been offered for all and we picked 3 families to help in a small way for is all we could do. I pray that all donations given to fire victims will go directly to all of them.

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