Local firefighters travel to Israel for bomb/terrorist training - Tucson News Now

Local firefighters travel to Israel for bomb/terrorist training

In 2013, the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation sent 7 regional firefighters to Israel to observe tactical, active shooter, training and terrorism awareness and bring that expertise back to Southern Arizona. In 2013, the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation sent 7 regional firefighters to Israel to observe tactical, active shooter, training and terrorism awareness and bring that expertise back to Southern Arizona.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Five firefighters from Southern Arizona will travel overseas for a unique opportunity to train with Israeli firefighters.  Greater Tucson Area Fire Foundation leaders tell Tucson News Now it's the first ever group from Arizona to take part in this hands-on training.

Tucson Fire Department captain Bruce Avram is one of the five first responders leaving on September 17th for a nine-day training opportunity in Israel where he’ll live and work with the country’s firefighters.
 
It’s all part of the Emergency Volunteer Project founded in 2006.  It teaches American firefighters willing to support the State of Israel in a time of crisis like war, natural or manmade disasters.  
 
“Unfortunately, as we know, Israel deals with terrorism and unique situations that we don’t see here but have the potential to see,” said Avram. “We can learn from a lot from mass casualty, the way they handle them, the way they handle terrorist events.  If needed, I’ll be able to apply those skills and teach those skills to other people in the department.”

Avram explained the national Israel Fire and Rescue Services needed help.

“It’s not about politics, it’s not about religion, it’s about firefighters helping firefighters and that’s the bottom line,” explained Avram. “No matter where
you are in the world, we all do the same job, and if we can go help a brother or sister out, that’s what we’re doing.”
 
The four other local firefighters going on this training trip are with agencies in Nogales, Rio Rico, and on Mt. Lemmon.

The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation introduced the project as part of its Firefighters Without Borders program. So far it has contributed $3,000. The five firefighters participating are paying the rest out of their pockets.

 So far, the Emergency Volunteer Project has trained more than 950 emergency volunteers and professional first responders throughout the U.S. and Israel.

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