Israels Firefighting Unit
28 February 2011 , 11:32
fire in the Carmel
a civilian company would be responsible for the first steps of building the firefighting unit. Archive Picture: The Airborne Unit of the Israeli Police


After 2010s devastating wild fire in the Carmel forests (northern Israel) the Israeli government has given the IDFs air force the task of strengthening national firefighting abilities



Doron Horowitz, IAF Website


Following the Israeli governments decision to give the air force the task of building an aerial firefighting system, it was decided a civilian company would be responsible for the first steps of building the firefighting unit, ensuring the ability to work within the allotted timeframe.

As such, the position of commander of the air forces firefighting unit was recently filled, his responsibilities including strengthening the units current capabilities. Ultimately, the unit should be able to command, plan, control and be attentive to any aerial firefighting mission in the State of Israel. The latter activities will also be put into effect according to rules and regulations of the air force.

Firefighting activities will later also be assessed for periods of war. Their rules will be implicated with the writing and approval of a firefighting war doctrine explaining, for example, preparedness for launching, coordination and cooperation with bodies outside of the air force including foreign bodies.