Palestinian and Israeli Emergency Forces Train Together to Save Human Lives

Early morning yesterday a joint drill took place between the Israeli emergency force services and the Palestinian Civil Defense Forces (PCD). The Israeli Fire Brigade Commander stated “I was deeply impressed by the commitment and the professionalism of the Palestinian Emergency Services."

 

​On different events such as fires and car accidents Israeli and Palestinian emergency response teams work together for one ultimate goal — to save human lives. For this exact reason, Israelis and Palestinians participate in joint-drills enhance their performance and learn from one another to better their function and response rate for real time events.

 

Yesterday morning, near the Shaked base, Israelis and Palestinians met together for a special drill. The scene was set to simulate a car accident with multiple injuries. The drill contained capsized vehicles and dummies that stood in for wounded people. Several official bodies took part in the drill such as Magen David Adom (MDA) the Red Crescent, The Jenin DCL and the PCD forces, as well as fire fighting personnel from both sides.

The exercise was divided into three parts with each team taking turns one after another to  run through the simulation and then to work together. At the end of each stage, those standing by would give out instruction and pointers on how to improve in the future.

 

Head of the PCD forces in Jenin, Colonel Abd al-Latif abu Amsha, stressed that the objective of this drill was to reinforce the cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian civil defense forces. Lieutenant Colonel Samir Kayuf, head of the Jenin DCL added that there is a continuous coordination between Israeli and Palestinian forces on such matters and that joint workshops such as these take often place in order to improve the response for real time events. In Judea and Samria there are many roads that Israelis and Palestinians share and cooperation is a must during the vast amount of accidents that take place. The need for rapid response on the ground is paramount.

Cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians is not new and has taken place in such events as the major fire on the Carmel Mountain range (2010) and fires in Haifa just last year. In a car accident last week on Road 60, which took the lives of many, there was full cooperation between Israelis and the PCD forces.

Fire Chief Ido Peretz, head of the Samaria Regional Council Fire Brigade, said towards the end of the exercise that he was very impressed by the joint work during the simulation and highly regarded the professionalism, commitment and motivation of the Palestinian team. He added that the exercise took place near Shaked for the first time and added that he “prays and hopes that this becomes a tradition.’  

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