Shachar Ayalon, the head of fire and rescue services, rejected, Friday morning, criticism of the efficiency of the firefighting squadron created after the Carmel Ridge fire disaster in 2010. Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, Ayalon said that Israel bought the most suitable planes for the job. He explained that each $2 million plane is capable of carrying three tons of water.
Ayalon said the fire service warehouse is stocked with 1,600 tons of fire-retardent material, compared to 20 tons at the time of the Carmel Ridge fire. He admitted that the service's response time can be slow and attributed it to the positioning of fire stations around the country.