Volunteer Firefighter Unit in Ultra-Orthodox Elad
KKL-JNF and the Israel Fire Service have established a new volunteer firefighting unit in the ultra-orthodox city of Elad – the fifth unit of this kind to be founded in communities adjacent to forests, on the initiative of KKL-JNF and with the help of its Friends abroad. The volunteers have completed their training course and are now beginning to operate as an auxiliary firefighting force in conjunction with the local fire station.
At the volunteer course graduation ceremony, Elad Mayor Israel Porush stressed the importance of expanding cooperation with KKL-JNF in areas such as the education of ultra-orthodox young people nationwide and encouraging local youngsters to help care for the community forest. “When we’re in the business of saving lives, we can overcome all the difficulties,” he told the volunteer firemen.
“The first cup of water on the ground – that’s what this type of force is referred to in firefighting jargon,” said Central District Fire Department Chief Meir Harel. “These volunteers provide the initial response, which can save us from using up the entire contents of the Kinneret if there is a delay in putting out the fire.”
Central District Fire Department Chief Harel concluded the proceedings with an expression of good wishes to the new volunteers: “I very much hope that you will remain unemployed as far as firefighting goes, but that, when you are required to take action, you will be in the right place at the right time.”
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