Israeli firefighters in Calif. to battle wildfires


(JTA) – Israeli firefighters arrived in Sacramento, California, to assist with battling a wave of wildfires sweeping through the area.
It marked the first time that Israelis have been sent to the United States to help fight fires, J. The Jewish News of Northern California reported.
The delegation landed Sunday [Aug. 30] and is scheduled to remain for approximately two weeks. It includes 10 officers and firefighters from the Fire and Rescue Services, rescue and forest fire experts, and a Foreign Ministry representative, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg greeted the firefighters’ arrival in the capital city with a tweet.
“As a Jewish mayor, I’m particularly proud and happy to see them come to our aid,” it said in part.