“39 firefighters, mostly not Jewish, answered call for help via project set up in 2009 to prepare willing Americans to help Israel in crises”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
As Israel burned, US firefighters ‘dropped everything’ to help battle flames
by Andrew Tobin
November 29, 2016

Call them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold – leaving behind jobs and families – to help subdue the wildfires that swept Israel over the past week. While they all share a love of Israel, only a handful of them are Jewish. “We’re just firefighters. When guys hear about a situation like this one, where the Israelis are working as hard as they can, they want to come help,” said Billy Hirth, a Protestant who retired last year after a 24-year career as a firefighter in Arlington, Texas, and has been coordinating the American effort from Jerusalem. “It’s a brotherhood. Firemen are firemen,” he said. READ MORE

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