Israel to participate in inter-country emergency services drill

25 August 2017

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Israel - The Middle East Forest Fire exercise is set to take place from 22 to 26 October 2017 in Jordan and Israel. It will include rescue forces from Italy, France, Spain and Croatia. The exercise, which is the first of its kind in the region, will test the capacity of all sides to cooperate in major rescue operations. It includes fire fighting exercises, rescues from collapsed buildings and other emergency situations. The planning stage of the exercise will take place in Jordan before the field training begins in Israel. The exercise will pit rescue crews against a forest fire in the Carmel region similar to the one that claimed 44 lives in 2010, as well as fires in the towns of Yatir and Amatzia. At Kibbutz Lahav in the south, rescuers will face a fire that threatens the village’s buildings and includes people trapped in its path. In the central city of Lod, forces will practice rescuing people from a building that collapsed after a gas explosion. Jordan will send two helicopters, 60 rescuers, 40 fire engines and 15 medical teams. The Palestinian Authority is expected to send two fire fighting planes, a command plane and transport planes, as well as 15 rescuers and 40 fire engines.

France, Italy, Spain and Croatia will each send medical and rescue teams and fire fighting planes. Israel’s own contingent will include both civilian rescuers from the Fire and Rescue Services and military teams from the Home Front Command.

Source: Times of Israel