Pursuant to the order of the Russian Government and following a request filed by Israel, the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations is sending to Israel a task force and two Beriyev Be-200ChS amphibious jets to extinguish wildfires.
The crews were trained to work under complicated conditions and have huge experience in fire suppression. Russian Emergency Ministry’s jets have been used not only in Russia, but abroad, including Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and other countries. Last year Be-200 ChS planes fought fires in Indonesia, where over a month and a half on Sumatra Island they protected from fire more than 20 settlements and cultural monuments - a mosque of the 18th century and the Mount Lauser national Park. More than 2,500 people, rare species of animals and plants were saved. This autumn, the planes were successfully used to deal with devastating fires in Portugal.
Russian aerial rescue technologies, Be-200ChS in particular, are recognized worldwide as ones of the most efficient means of fighting wildfires. The plane is unique because it is capable of refilling its tanks with 12 tons of water and drop then drop it on fires while gliding. In addition, Be-200ChS planes are outfitted with thermal imagers which scan the earth’s surface image in IR waves to monitor and locate wildfires.
Massive wildfires hit several regions of Israel this week. They are now sweeping through the area around the settlement of Nataf, next to Jerusalem, bushes and forests are burning in Latruna between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. The north of the country is also suffering from wildfires raging on approaches to the towns of Haifa, Hadera and Sikhron Ya’akov. Israeli authorities have declared a state of emergency and evacuated people from several regions around Sikhron Ya’akov. Police is asking people not to come back to their homes until 25 November.