Aerial firefighting unit conducts drill, year after Carmel blaze

Since becoming operational in May, the unit has been called to 150 fires

Date: 01/12/2011, 4:22 PM     Author: Yael Livnat

The aerial firefighting unit conducted a training exercise in southern Israel this week with the purpose of testing the preparedness of firefighting forces to battle blazes in the field.

One year has passed since the Carmel forest fire, which led to the establishment of the aerial firefighting unit.

The exercise lasted two days and involved various firefighting entities.

The aerial firefighting unit is based at Sde Dov Airport and planes are deployed at two airstrips in northern and southern Israel. The unit currently has seven Air Tractor F-802 aircraft and will receive another plane in the next two months.

The unit, which became operational in May 2011, constitutes an essential component of Israel’s firefighting network. The unit has been summoned to the scene of 150 fires since its establishment.