Top U.S. firefighters arrive in Israel to help fight Gaza rocket fire (video)By Mason White 4:58 PM July 23, 2014
|U.S. firefighters in Israel|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A delegation of top firefighters of the United States arrived in Israel, to help fight fires caused by Gaza rockets.
Firefighters in southern Israel, are working around the clock to fight fires caused by Hamas rockets.
Now, 12 firefighters and emergency personnel from across the United States have been deployed in Israel, where they are supporting their colleagues in the Middle East, as part of Emergency Volunteers Project.
The delegation landed in Israel on Tuesday, and the volunteers plan to stay for at least a week. Their preparation for deployment however, began several years ago.
The Emergency Volunteers Project, which has offices in Massachusetts and Jerusalem, began about four years ago.
The plan was to recruit and train firefighters, paramedics and emergency personnel, and deploy them in a crisis for a second wave of support on the front lines.
The volunteers were trained at home and abroad about the differences in emergency response in the U.S. and Israel.
During a fire in the U.S., a fire truck usually arrives on the scene with several firefighters. In Israel, only two or three firefighters arrive.
The Jewish Federation has raised $240,000 in its Israel Emergency Campaign, and $50,000 was allocated to send up to 20 firefighters to Israel.
Volunteers in Israel come from California to New York.