Firefighter drill held by the Home Front Command 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
A group of firefighters from Arizona observed a drill held by their counterparts
from the Home Front Command’s fire-fighting unit and civilian crews from the
Fire and Rescue Services on Tuesday.
The drill, which occurred in Modi’in
Illit, saw military and civilian firefighters working together to put out blazes
and rescue dolls from the flames, Capt. Nir Ben-Simon, commander of the
Home Front Command’s fire-fighting unit, told The Jerusalem Post.
invited the Americans to observe this unique cooperation between the IDF Home
Front Command and civilian crews,” Ben-Simon said.
In one drill, dolls
representing trapped individuals were cut out of a burning vehicle, with doors
and the vehicle’s roof being pried open, before flames were doused. The exercise
also focused on information-sharing between army and civilian rescue
Ben-Simon said the Home Front Command sends fully equipped
firefighters to civilian fire stations across the country to act as a force
multiplier during multiple emergencies that occur simultaneously.
situation could occur during a heavy missile attack or natural disasters, he
“This structure is needed for a scenario involving a large number
of incidents, and multiplies the number of firefighters in the country,” he
The civilian Fire and Rescue Services trains military crews, who
then board civilian fire trucks to scenes of emergency.
his American guests had many questions on the close military- civilian
cooperation, adding that American fire crews do not suffer from the sort of
shortage in manpower and gaps in resources that Israeli firefighters have to