Strengthening the KKL-JNF Firefighting System

You can help ensure the safety of KKL-JNF’s firefighters, improve the efficiency and assure the success of their work in battling fires.

 

Preventing Fires in Israel’s Forests

 

Photo: bonnie scheinman, KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Photo: bonnie scheinman, KKL-JNF Photo Archive
About the Project
Now is the time. During the month of March through April, KKL-JNF traditionally prepares Israel's forests for the fire season ahead, ensuring the provision of vital forest ecosystem services all through the hot summer months.
 
KKL-JNF's foresters work arduously to make sure the forests throughout the country are safe and can absorb the many visitors, who enjoy forest nature, hiking and cycling trails, shaded picnic and recreation areas, heritage sites and scenic lookouts.
 
Work begins with clearing and repairing the damage to forests and infrastructure from winter storms and continues with thinning, pruning, creating firebreaks and other activities, according to the particular needs of a forest, whether young or mature.
 
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  • To prepare Israel's forests, as a measure to protect them from wildfires.

 

  • To ensure that Israel's forests are safe and inviting for the benefit of the public at large.

 

  • To provide ecosystem services, including green lungs for Israel's cities, habitats for wildlife and mitigating climate change.

 

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McLeod – Firefighting Equipment
 
Photo: Tim Foster on Unsplash
Photo: Tim Foster on Unsplash
About the Project
Wildfires are a threat to Israel's precious forests, particularly during the long summer months. Firefighters use a range of tactics to contain and suppress wildfires, including the McLeod, a manual tool used to form firebreaks. This basic and necessary tool rakes burning material back, thereby moving the fire away from the fuel ahead of it to create a firebreak.
 
The tool cuts through any undergrowth that may be burning and overturn soil, further assisting in creating a firebreak, thus smothering the fire. For this purpose, KKL-JNF needs to purchase seventy-five McLeods for twenty-five of its fire trucks. Each truck will carry three McLeod tools.
 

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Firefighting Foam
 
Photo: Yehuda Peretz, KKL-JNF Photo Archive
Photo: Yehuda Peretz, KKL-JNF Photo Archive
About the Project
Wildfires occur when all the necessary elements of a fire triforce come together in a susceptible area: an ignition source is brought into contact with a combustible material (vegetation), which is subjected to enough heat and has an adequate supply of oxygen. To extinguish a wildfire, one of these three factors must be eliminated.
 
Foam for extinguishing fires was invented in the early 20th century, and foams specifically for fighting wildfires were developed in the mid-1980s. Foam is a liquid substance containing air bubbles that suffocate combustion through isolating oxygen, while the water in the foam cools the fire.
 
Firefighting foam lowers the surface tension of the water, which assists in the wetting and saturation of combustible materials, (trees and forest underbrush). This aids fire suppression and can prevent reignition. Over the years, the foam blends have been refined and currently KKL-JNF firefighters use materials that create a more stable foam that can cover larger areas, better helping contain and extinguish wildfires.
 

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Ben Shemen Forest – Forest Renewal

 

Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive
About the Project
On the day following Lag Ba’Omer, May 23, 2019, a large fire broke out in the Ben Shemen Forest - one of the largest and oldest KKL-JNF forests located in central Israel (near the city of Modi'in).
 
The fire consumed about 2,112 dunams (528 acres) causing widespread and unprecedented damage - the memorial site for the Jews of Zaglembia, Poland was totally damaged and even the settlement of Mevo Modi’in was almost completely destroyed.
 
The KKL-JNF firefighting crews worked around the clock to stop the fire’s spread, contain it and extinguish it, managing to do so after three days of a determined and courageous struggle. After extinguishing the fire, the KKL-JNF began planning restoration activities for the burnt forest, especially in light of its proximity to communities and important sites impacted by it.
 
The Ben Shemen Forest is an important and central “green lung” in the heart of the country and therefore its restoration and renewal are essential for the environment and quality of life of the region - for the benefit of humans and wildlife as one.
 
Be a Partner
  • Restoring a beloved and essential forest in the heart of Israel

 

  • Restoring nature and blossoms to one of the most important “green lungs” in the center of the country

 

  • Renewing a forest and planting new trees for the benefit of local residents and wildlife

 

  • Preserving Ben Shemen Forest’s environmental quality and ecological matrix

 

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based (UAV) for Forest Fire Monitoring and Detection

 

Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive
About the Project
The UAV, also known as a tethered drone or tethered hovering aerial system, will provide 24/7, all-weather, year-round surveillance and advance detection of fires. It further performs tasks related to KKL-JNF's forestry and firefighting network, which involve protecting forested lands and open spaces.
 
Among its functions, the UAV will direct firefighting aircraft to extinguish wildfires and identify deliberate destruction, arson and illegal tree felling in KKL-JNF forests; oversee grazing herds of sheep in forests; locate and discover trespassing activity; and track, observe, and document hazards at KKL-JNF picnic and recreation sites.
 
It will also provide security services for youth groups camping in forests and protect newly planted areas.
 
Be a Partner
  • Provide sophisticated forest fire detection equipment for KKL-JNF's firefighting system
 
  • Ensure continuous and comprehensive protection for KKL-JNF forests
 
  • Alert KKL-JNF firefighting teams to forest fires and arson upon detection
 
  • Help ensure that forest fires are contained before they break out into wildfires

 

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Personal Safety Gear for KKL-JNF Firefighters

 

Photo: Eyal Eliyahu, KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Photo: Eyal Eliyahu, KKL-JNF Photo Archive
About the Project
KKL-JNF's three hundred firefighters have a particularly hazardous job in extinguishing volatile wildfires. Personal safety gear, which includes items such as flame resistant apparel, is vital in making their difficult job safer and enabling them to effectively extinguish forest fires.
 
Be a Partner
  • Improve safety standards and better protect KKL-JNF's 300 forest firefighters.
 
  • Prevent firefighter's clothing from catching on fire.
 
  • Ensure high visibility for the firefighters, particularly at night.
 
  • Protect firefighters' eyes, airway passages and lungs from smoke particles.
 
  • Protect firefighters from falling branches, etc.

 

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Heletz Fire Lookout Tower – Repair

 

Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive
About the Project
The Heletz Fire Lookout Tower is located about 10 km southeast of Ashkelon on a hill 145 meters above sea level. At a height of 12 meters, it overlooks the planted forests of Yad Mordechai, Dorot, Plugot, Karmon and Gvar'am and also serves to protect the area's extensive agricultural fields.
 
The tower affords a panoramic view of about 20 km, from Kiryat Gat in the east to Ashkelon's seacoast in the west. Beneath the tower, which covers an area of 100 meters, is a forest grove with a picnic and recreation area, making this an inviting site for visitors.
 
The tower, made of galvanized steel pipes, was constructed 25 years ago, and with the ravages of time needed repairs that were carried out by KKL-JNF.
 
Be a Partner
  • Strengthen KKL-JNF's early fire detection system
 
  • Prevent and contain forest fires in the dry Negev region
 
  • Ensure the maintenance of a vital fire lookout tower

 

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