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(photo credit: Israel Police)
Israel’s first Muslim policeman to be promoted to the rank of
lieutenant-commander, the equivalent of majorgeneral in the IDF, will take up
his new position this week.
Jamal Hakrush, currently acting head of the
Coast Police district that runs from Hadera to Rosh Hanikra, will be promoted to
the post of deputy head of Traffic Police and will receive his new rank, after
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch approved the appointment of 11 new
Meanwhile, changes are under way within the long
neglected Israel Fire and Rescue Service.
The Fire Service launched a
recruitment drive at its academy in Rishon Lezion, aimed at filling 300 new
firefighting jobs, and 3,381 people have applied, Fire Service spokesman Yoram
Levi said on Wednesday. Of those, 1,100 passed through the first phase of tests,
involving physical fitness exams and climbing a 15-meter fire
Levi said most of the recruits would be sent to fire stations in
the periphery that have long suffered from understaffed crews. The recruitment
drive follows a decision by the Public Security Ministry to expand the Fire
Service’s staff, following years of neglect and a lack of resources. “this is
the largest recruitment drive in the history of the Fire Service,” Levi said.