All Terrain Vehicle 311.
(photo credit: ZAKA)
A unit of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that will assist in firefighting was
launched Tuesday night by the ZAKA rescue and recovery organization in memory of
the 44 victims of the Carmel Forest fire a month ago.
organization headed by Yehuda Meshi- Zahav held a memorial ceremony, where the
group announced the arrival of three fully-equipped ZAKA Firefighting ATVs,
which were donated by the chairman of ZAKA International’s board of directors,
Michael Mirilashvili, and Dr. Alexander Machkevitch, president of the Euro-
Asian Jewish Congress.
The vehicles will make possible easy access to and
mobility on hilly terrain, as well as the opportunity to swiftly deal with the
beginnings of a fire before it begins to spread.
The establishment of the
ZAKA Firefighting ATV Unit was one of the lessons learned from the recent fire.
The new unit, which will make regular inspection tours of the Carmel Forest
region and the North, will fully cooperate with Fire Service on the basis of
volunteering or National Service.
The ATVs carry special 50- liter-pulse
water guns that fire a liter of water at a speed of 430 kilometers per hour – an
effect 10 times greater than conventional methods of dousing fires. Even with
the first pulse of water, the temperature of the fire is reduced by half,
thereby allowing the first responders to reach the injured to administer first
aid from the supplies carried on the ATV.
Participating in the memorial
ceremony on Mount Carmel included Science and Technology Minister Daniel
Herschkowitz, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, bereaved
families, police and fire officers, and ZAKA volunteers and
Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said that “unlike others after the
fire, ZAKA did not join the call for investigations and inquiries. Instead, they
did what they do best – getting on with saving more lives, finding ways to help
the people of Israel even more efficiently.
May these ATVs be used for
nothing more than women in childbirth!”