People these days have a lot of problems. Issues with race, sexuality and the police have all been brought up time and again, but somehow through all of these complaints there’s hardly been a peep about the brave men and women among fire crews. Especially with the amount of forest fires we’ve been witnessing these past few years it’s never been a more important task, and those who answer the call do so without any qualms about it. They love what they do, and that much is beautifully obvious with some of the crap they get into.
Take this Samoan Hotshot fire crew for instance. For four weeks they’re forced to train together before being allowed to hike through the forests. During that training period is when most of the bonds are created, bonds that’ll last long beyond when the group is no longer able to perform the job due to age or medical issues.
They train to face danger head on every month, one of which is in case there ever is a forest fire. They’ve got to be able to traipse through the forests as though they were in their own backyards, and with a piece of land that large requires more than a couple visits before you truly get a good mental image of where to go and what to do. During one of these outdoor training exercises the crew decided to pass the time by collectively singing an old Samoan hymn titled “Fa’afetai i le Atua.”
The song is about praising God. Thanking him for all we’ve been given and all that we’ve yet to receive. Thanking him for giving us Jesus and the sacrifice that was made on his part for our own sake. All these thankful words with enough power behind them to make you feel warm inside, regardless of your own religious inclinations there’s such a grandiose feeling left behind when these men pool their voices together.
They understand the risk they’re taking when signing up for this particular job, and they know not many people are going to be able to protect them were they to come across something like an actual forest fire and something were to happen. Hopefully their message is heard, and they’ll never even have that issue. In the meantime, check out their absolutely beautiful rendition in the video below!