Firemen and women put themselves in harm’s way every single day. That’s especially evident when massive wildfires make headlines like they are in Southern California right now.
Many firefighters have ways of coping with the stress, from saying prayers before they go out, or as they come back in, but Helena Fire Department’s crew 61 in Northern California has an entirely unique way of ending a day on the job — they sing a hymn.
According to online commenters, the song is actually a Samoan Christian hymn set to the tune of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” One Redditor wrote that the hymn’s title is Fa’afetai i le Atua, “Which literally translates to thanks to God, or thanks unto God.”
While they appear incredibly calm as they walk down the mountain singing the moving song, their circumstances make the moment even more powerful.
This particular group of firefighters is a hotshot crew. They are essentially special forces firefighters, highly trained and regarded. “They are wildfire suppression experts that [go] into the hottest spots of the fire to put them out,” one Redditor noted.
If you’re wondering what they’re singing, one commenter wrote that, “The verses are just about thanking the Lord for different things and the chorus is basically just ‘sing, sing, hallelujah, thank you.'”
This type of camaraderie is incredibly common among hotshot crews. The original poster says, “Lots of crews sing different songs to keep morale up,” going on to share that his crew would sing Bon Jovi while on the job.
Watch the chill-inducing video below and be sure to share their beautiful talent and incredible sacrifice!