Carmel Fire 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A year after a massive blaze ripped through Mount Carmel and killed 44 people,
relatives of the fallen will gather at the University of Haifa on Thursday for a
scholarship ceremony to honor their loved ones.
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Forty-four students who
have agreed to volunteer for the good of the community will receive the
scholarships from an anonymous donor.
The ceremony will be attended by
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan
Danino and Prisons Service Commissioner Aharon Franco.
Most of the fire
victims were Prison Service cadets who were sent by bus to Damon Prison to
Later on Thursday, the officials will gather at Usfiya,
near the site of the first blaze last December, to lay down the cornerstone of a
new fire station.
Police and state prosecutors recently closed a criminal
negligence case against two youths from the town suspected of throwing a
charcoal from a water pipe into the woods last year, sparking a fire that
quickly turned into the four-day inferno.
Nearly 20,000 people were
evacuated from their homes, and fire crews arrived from abroad to help
overwhelmed local firefighters contain the flames.
Also on Thursday, the
Fire and Rescue Service will launch a NIS 2.8 million TV and Internet
advertising campaign aimed at increasing public awareness on how to prevent
The Service’s emergency number – 102 – will be highlighted in the
ads, which will feature professional firefighters, alongside actors.
fires are caused by people leaving electrical appliances on, or by faulty
wiring, the Service said on Wednesday, leading to the idea for a preventative
Leaving electric stoves on is one of the biggest causes of
domestic fires, the Service added.
A full interview with Fire and Rescue
Commissioner Shahar Ayalon on how his organization transformed itself since the
disaster will appear in The Jerusalem Post