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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:39

Search and Rescue Unit Training Exercise

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Last week volunteers from the city's search and rescue unit participated in the national search and rescue exercise conducted by the home front command units in the central region, in order to improve preparedness, readiness and emergency response.

Volunteers from Rosh Ha'Ayin, Petach Tikva and Ohr Yehuda also took part in the exercise. There was a special training site set up for the exercises, which included search and rescue for people trapped in debris. 35 volunteers from the search and rescue unit participated in the exercises, including engineers and medical personnel. The exercise was very challenging and the volunteers were successful.

The city currently has around 200 volunteers who have undergone refresher training over the past few months. Volunteer recruitment and training is done with the understanding that emergency situations including missiles and earthquakes occur simultaneously in different parts of the country and that the IDF home front command rescue forces will not be able to respond quickly to so many areas. Therefore, the Department of Homeland Security in the city is training volunteers to deal with primary firefighting, search and rescue, administering first aid and evacuating the city until relief forces arrive.

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:46
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