Target: Chris de Bruno Austin, CEO of Working on Fire
Goal: Praise company for sending 300 firefighters to help battle Canadian wildfires.
Over 300 firefighters will be sent to the Canadian province of Alberta in the largest ever international deployment of South African firefighters. They will help battle a rampant wildfire that passed through Fort McMurray, Alberta, resulting in mass evacuations and the loss of many of the city’s homes and businesses. The firefighters will be assisting in containing the blaze, which continues to threaten forests in Alberta and adjacent provinces.
The young men and women are employed by Working on Fire, a government-funded fire management program. The organization recruits and trains people from marginalized communities, especially youth, to fight wildfires and educate the populace on fire prevention. Over 5,000 firefighters employed by the organization are scattered throughout South Africa, where wildfires are common. It is reported that the majority of these blazes are started by human carelessness.
The Fort McMurray fires have displaced over 90,000 residents in the largest wildfire evacuation in the history of Alberta. Approximately 15 percent of the city’s buildings have been lost, and oil sands production was halted in some areas, reducing Canadian oil output by 25 percent. The fire is on track to become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
These firefighters will help to ensure the safety of residents as well as reduce damage to the natural landscape. Their service will greatly benefit exhausted Canadian firefighters who have battled the blaze for nearly a month, and could help mitigate damages to the country’s economy. Sign the petition below to thank Working on Fire for sending over 300 firefighters to help fight Canadian wildfires.
Dear Mr. Austin,
Over 300 firefighters have been deployed to Alberta, Canada, where rampant fires have displaced nearly 100,000 people and charred over a million acres of land. The fires have ravaged the natural landscape, devastating forests and the animals that rely on them for shelter and sustenance.
The firefighters will not only keep returning residents safe from fires, but will work to reduce the fire’s impact on the environment. They will not only help Alberta, but the exhausted firefighters from across the country who have been working tirelessly to contain the blaze. We, the undersigned, thank you for answering Canada’s call for aid by deploying 301 trained firefighters.
[Your Name Here]
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