Extensive cooperation amongst international fire fighting crews, more than 600 flights over the scene of the fire, two incident command centers, firefighters from every Israeli Air Force base, and work around the clock by IAF technical crews. A summery of aerial activities in fighting the fire in the Carmel area
After four days fighting the fire in the Carmel, it is possible to begin to summarize the details of the incident from the perspective of aerial activities. The IAF organized two incident command centers in northern Israel. One center was managed the crowded airspace above the fire, lead by Col. Yaron, Commander of the Coordination Unit, and the other was responsible for the deployment of aerial firefighting. 20 firefighting crews from every IAF base took part in the efforts to put out the fire in the different areas.
The following data outlines the aerial support that the State of Israel received from different countries around the world:
Foreign aircraft flew over 130 sorties.
More than 500 sorties were flown by Israeli aircraft, including from the “ChimNir” company, observation flights of the IAF that directed the operations of the firefighters on the ground.
Greece sent firefighting transport plane with 35 firefighters and five firefighting planes with 15 person crew. The Greek crews were the first foreign crew to arrive from abroad to the fire.
Turkey sent two firefighting planes with 11 people.
Croatia sent a plane and eight crew members.
France sent five planes and 20 crew members.
Cyprus sent a helicopter and a plane with six crew members.
Switzerland sent a transport plane and a firefighting helicopter with nine crew members.
Russia sent three firefighting planes and a transport plane with 26 specialists and 35 crew members.
The USA sent a firefighting plane and seven crew members as well as a transport plane with flame retardant material.
Spain sent a firefighting plane with 13 crew members as well as a transport plan filled with equipment and ten technicians.
Bulgaria sent 100 firefighters and their Deputy Foreign Minister.
Italy sent a plane with supplies.
Germany sent a transport plane with flame retardant material.
Great Britain sent two helicopters with firefighting capabilities.
The Air Traffic Control Unit worked around the clock to direct the aircraft through the crowded airspace. On IAF bases throughout the country, technical crews gave administrative and logistical support to the crews and planes from abroad.