ISRAEL/USA – A team of Israeli firefighters is slated to fly to California on Sunday to help battle the catastrophic wildfires that are engulfing huge swathes of the state.
The Israeli delegation, which includes rescue workers and experts in forest and brush fires, as well as Foreign Ministry representatives, is expected to spend some two weeks helping.
The Foreign Ministry is organizing the team and is coordinating with US authorities via the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco. A representative of Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services is leading the logistics and will direct the team at the fire sites themselves.
Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said, “Israel’s quick enlistment to help its friend the US is an expression of the deep friendship between the people and the excellent ties between the two countries in a wide variety of fields. I congratulate the members of the team and wish them success in their important mission.”