Netanyahu: New fire squadron to be operational summer 2011

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday estimated that operational training for Israel's new fire extinguishing squadron will be completed summer 2011. The government, during the first stages of training, will rent planes and employ Canadian pilots until Israeli pilots have been properly trained.
Netanyahu told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that this new squadron, which will be under the authority of the IDF, will not only deal with forest and large fires, but also with extinguishing fires caused by missiles during wartime.