In response to the many MCIs in Israel over the past year, the specialized training exercise was organized as a unique opportunity for women to practice providing the necessary responses to particularly delicate medical emergencies that are specific to women. .
Currently, the Women’s Unit consists of some 150 Jewish and Muslim volunteers, who serve their religious communities across Israel where an additional level of sensitivity is required.
The training session simulated a high school bus falling from a road bridge and involved over 100 simulated patients and over 60 unit first responders, all of whom are Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel ) trained ranging from EMT to paramedics.
A number of Knesset members and community leaders observed the scenario, including May Golan (Likud), Michal Woldiger (religious Zionism) and the deputy mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum.
Golan explained how thrilled she was to attend the training exercise.
“I am delighted to be here for the United Hatzalah women’s training exercise today. I am proud to see Israeli women across the country coming together to save lives. It’s empowering, it’s beautiful and it’s the very essence of what Israel is, ”she said.
“I want to congratulate these women for all they do and support United Hatzalah to continue to grow and support Israel to make it a better society and a better country for the health of all. “
The training exercise was United Hatzalah’s fourth MCI exercise this year.
Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah, stressed the importance of these exercises.
“I have no doubt that United Hatzalah’s emphasis on the constant training of our volunteers, in particular the MCI training, has saved lives in the tragic cases that occurred in Meron, Givat Ze’ev and Hurfeish “, did he declare.
“This is why we continue to conduct these training exercises. We want to give each of our volunteers the opportunity to participate in these exercises and experience the chaos that can arise during an ICD so that they can learn to tidy up. at all operational levels, ”said Beer. “During an MCI, the speed at which stakeholders can make decisions – the right decision – can save many lives. This is true for each responder as well as for larger operational decisions made during the incident.
“We have to be ready because, as history has shown us, unfortunately the next MCI is not about if, but when.”