Dozens of American firefighters left their jobs and families to help Israel tame the fires that plagued the country last week.


While only some of the firefighters who flew in were Jewish, they all shared a love of Israel.
“We’re just firefighters. When guys hear about a situation like this one, where the Israelis are working as hard as they can, they want to come help,” said Billy Hirth, a Protestant who retired last year after a 24-year career as a firefighter in Arlington, Texas, and has been coordinating the American effort from Jerusalem.
“It’s a brotherhood. Firemen are firemen,” he said.