Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that benefits given to fallen IDF soldiers should be extended to those firefighters who died while fighting the Carmel fire, at Sunday's cabinet meeting. The measure was subsequently passed by the cabinet.
Barak noted that firefighters, unlike Prison Service officers, do not receive IDF benefits. However, he noted that any decision to grant those benefits to the firefighters from the Carmel fire should be seen as an exception and not a precedent.
Benefits were extended to two firefighters, a fire service volunteer, and bus driver who died in the prison service bus catastrophe on the first day of the Carmel fire.