On eve of Memorial Day, Barak equates firefighters who died in service with fallen soldiers

09.05.2011                      05.Ijar, 5771                      Gedenktag; Tag 20 des Omer; Ta'anit BH"B

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On eve of Memorial Day, Barak equates firefighters who died in service with fallen soldiers

Families of the three firefighters battle for recognition of their relatives in Memorial Day ceremonies; Netanyahu sets up committee to probe the matter.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday that the firefighters who died battling the massive brushfire in the Carmel last year should be honored in the same way as Israeli soldiers killed in action.
"I believe that the face of war has changed, with a large portion of fighting taking place on the home front," Barak told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting, "The Magen David Adom emergency services, police forces and firefighters deserve equal treatment to that given to security forces….