Israel Helping to Train India’s First Responders

Israeli members of the Magen David Adom rescue service wait next to stretchers after an underground car park collapsed at a construction site on September 5, 2016 in the Ramat Hahayal neighbourhood in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Police reported at least one person dead. Ramat Hahayal is home …

The Hindustan Times reports: Israel is upgrading India’s first-responder skills to save lives during emergencies, natural disasters and accidents.

The Israeli National Emergency Medical Service, MDA-Magen David Adom (Hebrew for Red Star of David) and the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) are holding a joint project to train volunteers, including school kids, in first-aid. Red Star of David is known to have a response time of less than 10 minutes and uses volunteers, including school kids, as first responders in case of emergencies.

This collaboration is in line with IRCS’ effort to upgrade its overall capacity in community-based first aid, including through international partnerships. Under the joint program, chief trainers form Magen Adom are holding a special training workshop, with trainers from IRCS, on community basis first aid, introducing them methods and techniques that were developed and are practiced in Israel, and together adapting them to meet local needs.

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