Knesset approves national firefighting authority law

July 25, 2012 16:32

The Knesset voted into law a bill to create a national firefighting authority on Wednesday.

The national authority will replace of the dozens of local fire authorities in place throughout the country.

Fire chiefs will divide the country into seven fire districts, similar to the police's districts, and all firefighting units will be overseen by the fire commissioner.

Fire Commissioner Shahar Ayalon welcomed the new law, saying it would better serve the public.

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