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US Firefighters Join Israelis to Battle Terror Arson Blazes from Gaza

US Firefighters Join Israelis to Battle Terror Arson Blazes from Gaza Read Transcript


- Palestinian terrorists are using

balloons and kites combinedwith the summer wind

to carry their fire from Gaza to Israel.

We found this piece ofkite in a scorched field.

Behind me in the tree aremore pieces of the kite

and behind the tree is the Gaza strip.

- Some people can think is was like a toy,

a children toy, but it'sa very deadly weapon

and we are fightingevery day to prevent any

achievement from these terrorists.

- [John] That's when theEmergency Volunteers Project,

a U.S. organization dedicatedto assisting Israel,

stepped in to help.

- Our firefighters haveassisted putting out literally

dozens of fires over the pastweek here in southern Israel.

- [John] Sponsored bythe Jewish federations

of North America, spokespersonEitan Charnoff says

when the volunteers arrive,they're ready to go.

- Our American volunteersare trained in advance

about how to work here,not just in terms of

what equipment is different,what tactics are different,

what threats aredifferent but they're also

taught the culture.

- In February of 2017, Icame on a trip to be trained.

That way, when we gethere in a deployment,

they don't have to take time to train me.

I get off the airplane and I go to work.

- [John] Corey Rea and Aston Bright

are both American firefighters.

- Firefighting, there's auniversal language to it.

You pull a hose and youspray the water on the fire.

You pull an ax and you cut something.

Firefighters, we like to break things.

So, it's universal.

- [John] But some things are different,

like fighting fire while under fire.

- This is actually an armorplated, bulletproof fire engine.

It's the first time I've ever been on a

fire engine quite like this,

but that's necessarybecause we are so close to

the Gaza border.

- [John] Rea and Bright, both Christians,

say their faith played apart in their decision.

- I can't build houses, I'm not a doctor.

But I can put out fires.

So, that's how I serve.

As a believer, the bible says

to be a friend of Israel and the Jews are

the chosen people andso, I felt led to serve

in some way and that'sall I know how to do.

- [John] Shmulik Friedman, an Israeli

fire service commander,said working with Americans

is about more than fighting fires.

- It's much than 10 firefighters because

it's the spirit of the brotherhood between

our two nations.

- We have to protect the state of Israel

and the Jewish peopleand the United States

is here in this fight withthem and we're glad to be here.

- [John] John Waage, CBN News,near the Gaza/Israeli border.

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