The aerial firefighting unit increases its activities in light of the wave of fires

טייסת הכיבוי בפעולה. צילום ארכיון: דובר צה”ל

Since last week the aerial firefighting unit, established in the wake of the disaster, working off the fires and saving lives — almost nonstop.

תאריך: 30/04/2013, 10:51    
מחבר: יפתח כרמלי, אתר צה”ל

Wintry weather is gone and in his place came a heat wave swept the country and led to a wave of fires. Among the partners in the fire, fire with fire, JNF, Israel nature and Parks Authority and the security forces, aerial firefighting unit. Soon, indicating that the two co-founders, established following
The lessons of the disaster, and the vast majority of tiisia are civil pilots, aircraft operators of CHIM-NIR. Since Thursday, were the only personnel on operational, non-stop, and helped shut down the fires North to South.

“We are running among centers of residue from morning to evening,” major told the IDF site URI, flight commander.
The most focused when taking care of the unit the main danger was to agricultural property or vegetation, but some people were forced to deal with imminent danger to human life and settlement-like a fire that erupted the day before yesterday (Sunday) in Carmi Yosef bshplla. Two aircraft were the only firefighting efforts, and some residents were evacuated from their homes.

Various events, according to flight control, position each of different complexities, but fires so far shut down successfully. The unit does not work alone, and actually represents the various air support to address the issue. In training they have regularly occurs close collaboration with those authorities, and the personal contact is created, according to Capt. URI, one of the most important factors for success.
“The media is much more fluid and easy when you work with people you know and wont work
Shoulder to shoulder with them, “he said. “Large parts of the fires in recent days they had areas where training and even made trips to explore the area below.

Translated from Hebrew