US Evergreen 747 Supertanker Arrives to Assist Firefighting Efforts

Brigadier General Eden, commander of the Nevatim Israel Air Force base comments on the arrival of the American Evergreen 747 Supertanker plane. Eden and two IAF pilots joined the Evergreen crew in order to assist them in directing their efforts to extinguish the fires near the area of Ein-Hod. The plane is carrying 21,000 gallons of water and flame retardant chemicals. After the Ein Hod sortie the plane will continue fire fighting efforts in other areas to be determined by assessments from the Fire Department.

Since Thursday, December 2, the Israel Air Force has been coordinating the arrival and incorporation of foreign firefighting aerial assistance. Dozens of firefighting airplanes and helicopters, as well as supply planes carrying equipment and professional teams and experts from different countries have arrived in order to assist in fighting the Carmel fires.

As of Saturday evening, December 4, 3 firefighting helicopters, 12 firefighting planes and 6 transport helicopters from Greece, Bulgaria, Cypress, Britain, Turkey, Russia, France, Italy and Switzerland had arrived in Israel.


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