Firefighters and police across Canada are sounding their sirens in support of healthcare workers
If there's one good thing to come out of the brutal situation that is the COVID-19 pandemic, it'll be the growing appreciation for healthcare workers and all that they do to keep the rest of us healthy and safe.
Residents across the country have been clapping at the same time daily to show their appreciation for doctors, nurses and other hospital employees at the time of their shift changes, and now that tradition is being taken to the next level.
Firefighters and police officers have joined in on the initiative by sounding their sirens as residents clap each day, and it's simply heartwarming to see them show their support and appreciation.
Yesterday evening, Toronto Firefighters tweeted a video of a lights and sirens tribute to healthcare workers outside of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
"We salute everyone on the frontline serving our communities," they wrote.
Toronto firefighters with a lights and sirens tribute to healthcare workers outside of St. Joseph’s Health Centre this evening. We salute everyone on the frontline serving our communities. Stay safe. H/T 42 District. #Toronto #flattenthecurve #stayhome pic.twitter.com/G1WrpNvfRo— Toronto Firefighters (@TPFFA) April 6, 2020
And in Montreal, the police force has been repeatedly saluting all those working in healthcare system.
SPVM patrol cars put on their sirens in front of the CHUM hospital Sunday night to pay tribute to healthcare workers. pic.twitter.com/IF028fls0S— CityNews Montreal (@CityNewsMTL) March 31, 2020
Meanwhile, Vancouver was one of the first cities in Canada to adopt the daily clapping tradition, and police and firefighters have been playing their sirens outside hospitals for days now.
Another day, another chance to say THANK YOU to our frontline and healthcare workers.— Farhan Mohamed (@farhanmohamed) March 29, 2020
Can hear sirens from St Paul’s going off and some firecrackers are being set off in the West End.#7pmthankyou #healthcareheroes #vancouver #covidvancouver #covid19 pic.twitter.com/trCBW0Ncly
Smaller towns in Canada have also been taking part in the act of gratitude, with the fire department in Dauphin, Manitoba sounding all their sirens and flashing their lights at 7:30 p.m. on the nose.
Hats off to our health care workers on the front lines during these strange times we’re experiencing. https://t.co/bLpDLVYhik— Dauphin Fire Dept. (@DauphinFire) March 30, 2020
And in Langley City, B.C., local firefighters have also been expressing their appreciation with sound and lights on the daily.
Langley community of #WalnutGrove began ramping up on the 7pm cheers this week for healthcare workers - this is the best one yet! @TOLFireFighters with their sirens and neighbours making some noise! ❤️ and not a bad sunset to boot! pic.twitter.com/R60JYv9D8X— Erin Ubels (@ErinUbels) April 4, 2020
If anyone can relate to what it's like to work in a job that requires you to put your life on the line to keep people safe, it's a police officer or a firefighter.
And that's precisely why it's so important and exceptional to see them showing gratitude for our healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.
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