MESQUITE, TX– No doubt about it, things in the Middle East have really heated up over the past two months.
According to the U.N. more than 1,800 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed in the most recent rocket attacks. Those who have seen the damage first hand say the destruction is unbelievable… including five firefighters from Arlington and Mesquite.
They just returned from Israel where they put out fires in an area that has a ton of heat.
“Its an experience you can not describe,” said Arlington firefighter Billy Hirth.
Fellow firefighter Tony Santoro agreed, “It’s something I’ll never forget.”
“It’s still firefighting, you know maybe the equipment maybe different but you can sit down with an Israeli firefighter and discuss things using firefighter language” said firefighter Rick Nessner.
These Firefighters are all with the non-partisan group Emergency Volunteer Project. EVP sends emergency first responders over to Israel in times of conflict.
“I had a million thoughts before I went but I decided that I would enter with no preconceived notions. I would just go in and do my job,” Hirth said.
For now these guys are back on duty at their respective firehouses, but say they are ready to head back in the next month or two.
The can only hope the flames of this conflict will burn out soon.