Firefighters on the front line of fire

Firefighters on the front line of fire

 

Israel’s greatest natural resources, its forests and open spaces, are under the constant threat of fires. A semi-arid country, Israel suffers from extremely high summer temperatures and sudden heat waves, exacerbated by global warming. These, in addition to human negligence, terror attacks and arson are all causes of wildfires.

 

Day and night, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) firefighting teams are on the front line, working together with Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services to reduce the damage of fires and save precious trees, wildlife, farmed lands and open spaces. In summer, KKL-JNF firefighters confront Israel’s forest fire season, in which 600 fires ravage about 3,500 acres a year.

 

KKL-JNF firefighters carry out a crucial national mission that spans over 300,000 acres. These fires cause incredible environmental damage to the ecosystem, to agriculture, and to property. Every time one of KKL-JNF’s 14 watchtower spots a fire and KKL-JNF firefighters come to the rescue, more acres of forests and open spaces, which play a key role in preserving biodiversity, mitigating climate change and combatting desertification, are saved.

KKL-JNF has 300 dedicated firefighters who risk their lives every time they step up to the plate. To do their job safely and effectively, and improve their chances of success, they need advanced fire detection tools, protective gear and modern, well-equipped fire trucks. KKL-JNF’s present fleet is partially outdated and not suited to the challenges of navigating in rough terrain, ascending sleep slopes and extinguishing huge walls of fire.

 

Israel’s green spaces serve as recreational sites for millions of visitors a year and are also important natural habitats for many species of wildlife and plants. After a fire, KKL-JNF begins the painstaking work of restoring these forests and green spaces. It can take several decades to rehabilitate a burnt forest.

 

Help us support and equip KKL-JNF forest fighting teams. They have a world of green to protect and save.

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