United Hatzalah joined a multiple casualty incident training exercise held by the Judea and Samaria Division of the IDF late Tuesday night. The Judea and Samaria Division is the largest and most active division in the IDF.
Its commander is Brigadier General Lior Carmeli and its major objective is to combat the terror cells that exist in Judea and Samaria and eliminate them. In addition, the Division is charged with the task of preventing terrorists from infiltrating the rest of the country.
Brigadier General Dr. Adi Leibe is responsible for the medical care and for all medical training exercises that take place in the Judea and Samaria Division.
Leibe’s team called United Hatzalah on Tuesday evening and asked for help in instructing reserve medics during a multiple casualty incident (MCI) drill. The call came at 20:00 for a drill that took place in the town of Psagot at midnight that day. With four hours, United Hatzalah chapter head of the Binyamin region, Menachem Leff, answered the call. Organizing two ambulances from the head office in Jerusalem, Leff rallied a number of volunteers to join him in taking part in the drill and providing the IDF medics and soldiers with the assistance that they needed. Over the course of the evening, Leff and the United Hatzalah medics taught valuable lessons to the IDF medics in terms of operational procedures in dealing with MCIs in a residential town. The medics also took the opportunity to learn some of the IDF procedural tactics as well.
“Partnerships like this take place all the time,” said Leff. “Especially here under the command of the Judea and Samaria division, which is one of the most active and busiest in the entire country.”
The IDF is in constant contact with United Hatzalah regarding coordination of medical efforts around the country. In the past three months, United Hatzalah has taken part in two operation drills with the Judea and Samaria division. Volunteers from the Gaza periphery and Team Daniel medics from United Hatzalah also took part in an MCI drill with soldiers from the southern command last month in Sderot.
“We aim to maintain a high level of operational readiness in all of our chapters,” said Shmulik Avraham, the Director of Emergency and Security Operations at United Hatzalah. “Our joint operations with the IDF are a welcome part of the continual training and operational preparedness that our volunteers go through. We aim to help the IDF protect the lives of Israeli citizens and soldiers in whatever way we can and we are always happy to have an opportunity to work together with them.”
Leff spoke highly about the continuing collaboration between two of Israel’s vital organizations. “The drill was held by a battalion of reserve soldiers that was serving in the area that is under our auspices in the town of Psagot. They were demonstrating responses during a possible terror attack. We were asked to provide ambulances and expertise in helping the medics treat the wounded as well as operational expertise and recommendations. We are often working together in real life incidents as well as drills. Whether it is with a terror attack or even a traffic accident in our area of activity, we work very closely with the IDF and are always in constant contact with them. Making the connection that much closer, we have a doctor that volunteers with United Hatzalah who lives in Psagot and who serves as a reserve officer in the IDF search and rescue unit 669.”
“It is always a pleasure to work with the IDF and help them learn and gain experience from our medics and for our medics to work with theirs. The cooperative efforts help both our organization and the IDF medics”
Leff says that the cooperative efforts are continuing with another drill in the near future. “We are planning to hold another drill soon in a different town in our region with the IDF. We don’t know exactly where or when the drill will be held. But one thing is for certain, these drills are always beneficial and help raise the level of preparedness and efficiency for both United Hatzalah and the IDF to the highest operational level possible.”