Fire Service Commissioner Shahar Ayalon 311.
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
The Fire and Rescue Service welcomed 126 cadets into its ranks on Wednesday at a
ceremony in Rishon Lezion.
The cadets completed a grueling course lasting
several months which included physical and theoretical examinations designed to
prepare them to respond to blazes and a host of other disasters.
newly sworn-in firefighters celebrated with dancing and singing after the
“You are at the forefront of saving lives. I promise to back
you up all the time,” Public Security Minister Yitzhak Ahronovitch told the
Addressing the three new female firefighters, the minister
said, “These days, when we hear of discrimination against women, everyone can
learn from you and this organization.”
Aharonovitch also singled out
David Tzror, one of the new firefighters, for praise. Tzror lost three
family members in the 2001 Versailles wedding hall collapse.
“A year has
passed since the Carmel fire disaster, and much has been done, but much work
also remains,” he added.
Fire Service Commissioner Shahar Ayalon said the
new recruits were part of a major overhaul of the organization following last
year’s massive emergency.
“We are continuing to procure new equipment,
such as a modern digital communication network for our trucks and GPS tracking
for our units,” he said.
Ayalon told The Jerusalem Post
that in addition
to training for natural disasters, the firefighters were also working with the
Home Front Command to train for rocket attacks.