State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss presented his report ont he Carmel Fire to Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin Wednesday morning, telling him that Israel's fire service infrastructure is far behind other western countries.
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Lindenstrauss told Rivlin Israel has only one quarter the firemen and firetrucks as other western countries. Additionally, the country has only a fraction of the materials for dropping on fires that it is required to have. Instead of having 250 tons of those materials plus another emergency stock of 200 tons, Israel only has 20, he said.
Discussing the recommendations included in his report, which will be published at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Lindenstrauss said his recommendations must be implemented. The negligence revealed in the report "requires immediate public attention."