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September 26, 2016 / 23 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Firefighters’

Flames Enveloping Apartment Building in Ramat Gan

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A fire that started on the ninth floor of an apartment building in Ramat Gan on Monday afternoon appears to have moved rapidly on to other floors in the tower-like structure.

It is not yet clear what started the blaze.

Flames and smoke were pouring out of the 15-floor apartment building at 164 Bialik Street in the Tel Aviv suburb as just one firefighting unit was starting to set up its equipment to fight the blaze.

Numerous other firefighter units from the Dan region soon followed, as did Magen David Adom emergency medical response paramedic teams, Israel Police units and other first responders.

The unit that was first on the scene was from the Fire and rescue Services division in the Dan region, fire officials said, adding that the top 10 floors of the building have already been damaged.

In addition, a number of vehicles parked near the building have also been damaged due to falling embers and other materials from the structure as it distintegrates from the blaze.

Due to the high temperatures and dry, windy conditions in the region, the flames appeared to have quickly spread to other floors in the building as well.

Volunteer firefighters from the surrounding communities in Bnei Brak, Givatayim, Giva’at Shmuel, and Tel Aviv also joined the firefighting forces to battle a blaze that quickly appeared to be getting out of control.

No injuries have been reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Firefighters Get Control Over Jerusalem-Area Forest Fires Near Beit Shemesh, Givat HaMatos

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Firefighters were once again faced with flames in the forests around Jerusalem as the temperatures soared and dry air created a tinderbox among the trees.

A team of four firefighters managed to get control of a forest fire in Horesh, in the area of Givat HaMatos, according to local officials by around 2 pm Tuesday afternoon.

There was a serious concern the blaze would reach buildings located in the area; as a result, people living in nearby caravans temporarily evacuated their homes.

Likewise, a similar firefighting team of four was deployed to the forested hills surrounding the area near the southwestern Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

The flames had reached an abandoned forest, but firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control, said Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson Udi Gal.

No injuries were reported from either site.

Hana Levi Julian

Forest Fires Blazing in Jerusalem Hills and in Northern Israel

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Residents around the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot were asked to leave their homes on the Lag B’Omer holiday, during the day on Thursday (May 26) as a large forest fire broke out in the area.

Firefighters warned that the blaze could easily spread to their homes due to the high winds in the area, according to a statement by the Fire and Rescue service.

A fire also broke out in the area of Gush Tefen in northern Israel, forcing area officials to summon at least four fire and rescue teams to battle the blaze.

Less than 10 days ago, a large fire also broke out in a warehouse in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Shaul.

The weather in Israel was warm but very dry and windy during the day, making it easy for any stray spark to ignite and erupt into a blazing fire.

Hana Levi Julian

Female Border Guard Police Wounded in Jerusalem Night Terror

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked two female Israeli Border Guard Police officers Wednesday night on the “Ofrit” base near Jerusalem.

The terrorists hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at the officers. They sustained minor wounds in the attack, which ignited a fire on the base, located near Mt. Scopus.

Both officers were evacuated to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Four firefighting teams, including a water vehicle, were required to extinguish the brush fire next to the base that ignited as a result of the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Driver Rescued by Firefighters as Tree Crushes Car

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

A driver in Jerusalem is thanking firefighters for yanking her out of a car just seconds before a huge tree slammed down on to it, destroying her vehicle but at least missing her head.

Jerusalem District Firefighters spokesperson Udi Gal confirmed that firefighters were called to deal with a large tree that had collapsed on to live power lines Monday afternoon on Queen Esther Street in the capital.

As tree removal operations were underway, firefighters suddenly heard creaking sounds from another tree nearby.

Team leader Sgt.-Maj. Daniel said he saw the tree was swaying, and just about to fall on a car being driven by a woman nearby.

“At great personal risk, firefighters raced to the vehicle and quickly removed the woman from the car,” Gal said in a statement.

“Seconds later the tree fell down on to the roof of the vehicle, exactly on to the place where the woman had been seated just moments before. Only through mazel, and the professionalism, courage and dedication of the firefighters who rushed to save her was the driver saved from being injured by the collapse of that tree on her car.”

Firefighter team commander Shalom Ramati, who pulled the woman out of the car, added that it was literally “a second or two after I got her out of that car, that the tree collapsed on the vehicle. Im happy I was able at the last minute to prevent this driver from being in a terrible accident.”

Its not clear why the trees were so unstable in that area of the city at this time of year, even though there have been high winds over the past few days.

Hana Levi Julian

Massive Brush Fire in Southern Hebron Hills Caused by IDF Flare

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Written by Michael Bachner

A massive brush fire ignited by an IDF flare raged overnight Saturday in the Mount Hebron region, endangering residential homes in the Jewish community of Negohot.

At first light on Sunday, four firefighting planes dropped water on the blaze to assist the teams on the ground. Several hours later the fire was extinguished, without causing any injuries.

According to a Mount Hebron spokesperson, the IDF lit a flare to illuminate the area following a report of a suspected terrorist infiltration into the community. The flare helped soldiers conduct a search of the area, which did not yield any results.

However, the flare then caused the massive fire that damaged agricultural fields and several industrial buildings.

The brush fire started around 2 a.m. at a warehouse and workshop near the community, situated in the western Mount Hebron region. Eight firefighting teams arrived in the area to prevent the fire from reaching the residential houses.

Dozens of families from two neighborhoods were evacuated from their homes after the winds directed the fire towards them.

Firefighters worked all night to battle the blaze, and at dawn four firefighting planes were sent to the area to help gain control over the fire. By morning the forces succeeded in gaining control and the fire was extinguished shortly thereafter.

The evacuated residents returned to their homes and the children went to school as normal.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

6 Firefighter Planes Battling Blaze in Gush Etzion

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Six firefighter planes, 8 firefighting brigades and volunteers are working to put out a massive fire in the Gvaot Forest in Gush Etzion, which is near Bat Ayin and Alon Shvut.

Road 376 has been closed to traffic.

Residents in the area were evacuated, but have now been allowed to return to their homes.

Investigators suspect arson.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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