Waves Sharon Fire and rescue servicesFire and rescue services

  • Issue: December 1995
  • Designer: G. Paran
  • Stamp size: 40 x 25.7 mm
  • Plate no.: 266 - 267
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: Government Printers
  • Method of printing: Offset

The birth of fire-fighting in Israel 70 years ago is rooted in the volunteer and pioneer spirit which characterized the small population in the country at the time. In 1925, the cornerstone for the volunteer fire brigade was laid, with their aim "to save lives, property and aid our neighbours during fires and other catastrophes emblazoned on their flag. In 1959, the fire-fighting law came into effect, and a well-organized fire-fighting organization was established, composed of both salaried and volunteer firemen. Nineteen city unions were established throughout the country, and municipal fire-fighting departments were set up in four cities. In 1986 it was decided to establish a Fire-Fighting and Rescue Service Commission to serve as the professional and services, and to advise the National School professional issues.

There are presently about 1,200 firemen employed in the fire-fighting services. These services operate 24 hours a day. In addition to putting out fires, the firemen provide a wide variety of aid and rescue services to the general population, including the rescue of victims trapped in automobile accidents, elevators, high places, deep holes and demolished edifices.

The most important part of the fire-fighter's job is fire prevention - firemen supervise and advise factories and institutions regarding fire prevention and protection against fire. The fire-fighters are trained for a variety of roles at the National School For Fire-Fighting and Rescue Services, which complies with international standards. The school also trains fire security officers for institutions, with the goal of increasing awareness and reducing the probability of the outbreak of fires.

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Fire and rescue services