Israeli Firefighters Heading to Addis Ababa to Assist in Bring Fire Under Control


An Israeli Fire Service delegation landed on Sunday morning in Addis Ababa to help extinguish fires in the country

The Israel Fire & Rescue Service sent a delegation of firefighters, commanders and professional content experts, including an air support officer, to assist in coping with the forest fires. The delegation includes 10 fighters. The request was submitted by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia in his meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday.

Under the guidance of Prime Minister Netanyahu and the coordination of the Foreign Ministry, a special delegation of firefighters arrived in Addis Ababa Sunday morning to help extinguish the huge fire that has raged for two weeks in the Samian Mountains area in northern Ethiopia.

The delegation of 10 firefighters from the fire and rescue unit together with an expert from the IDF Homefront Command is making its way to the fire zone where it will join the local firefighting forces.

The arrival of the delegation was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa under the guidance of Prime Minister Netanyahu after the Government of Israel immediately acceded to the request of the Ethiopian government for assistance in extinguishing the fire – an application submitted by Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Avi Ahmed in his conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa provide the delegation and the local forces with all necessary assistance in various aspects of addressing their mission.

Fire Commissioner Dedi Simchi briefed the members of the delegation headed by the deputy commander of the Southern District, Brigadier-General Tzion Shankor, who was born in Ethiopia.

The commissioner noted that this is not the first time that Israel has assisted countries in the world in rescuing and saving lives and will continue to do so whenever necessary.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)