Iran earthquake a reminder for Israeli emergency services
Last Sunday a powerful earthquake hit Iran. The earthquake was felt throughout the Middle East, with tremors reported in Israel.
This was a reminder that, even though no major earthquake has hit Israel since 1927, the country sits on the active Syrian-African fault line, running between Jordan and Israel. A major earthquake is statistically due in the region, with a serious one arriving approximately every 80-100 years.
MDA forces together with the IDF, the Police, the Fire Department, government offices, municipalities and emergency bodies have recently taken part in various drills throughout the country. These drills aim to improve MDA’s preparedness for earthquake scenarios.
MDA have practiced providing preliminary medical treatment to victims of a destructive earthquake, tsunamis and destroyed buildings. MDA’s dispatch centres participated by evacuating dispatch centres and continuing to take emergency calls outdoors.
The new National Blood & Logistics Centre being built in Ramla will meet current earthquake guidelines and sheltered areas will be constructed based on the Home Front Command and National Security Council recommendations.
MDA UK CEO Daniel Burger said: “Magen David Adom has been participating in these drills to ensure the highest levels of preparation for when an earthquakes strike. MDA in Israel is always developing and advancing its technology in order to provide the best medical and humanitarian response.”
Trekkers Walk 60km for £70k
In November, 22 Magen David Adom UK supporters trekked 60km across Israel and raised in excess of £70,000 for MDA UK, covering the cost of a lifesaving ambulance.
The trek took place over five days and included tours of the blood centre at Tel Hashomer as well as other MDA facilities, and all 22 trekkers took part in simultaneous ambulance shifts. On the last day of the trek, participants joined the dedication at the MDA Yerucham Station of the medicycle that was raised through sponsorship at last year’s inaugural trek.
Trekker and brand ambassador for MDA UK, Michelle Rosenberg, commented: “We are all overwhelmed by the experience. This fantastic group of people came together with a shared love of Israel and a determination to support MDA’s essential efforts in saving lives. This is the second year that I have done the trek – bring on 2018.”
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Old City, New Ambulances
Three ambulances were dedicated during Sukkot, including a new Mercedes ambulance in the Old City.
Magen David Adom UK’s Vice President, Irving Carter, dedicated a Mercedes ambulance to MDA at the Tower of David in the Old City. This is the first new ambulance in the Old City in 10 years and is the only ambulance of its kind that serves the Old City.
During the dedication ceremony Irving said: “It is our privilege to dedicate this Mercedes Vito ambulance to the Old City. This was a rare opportunity to give back to somewhere that has given us so much.”
The dedications continued over Sukkot with Lady Joy Bourne who dedicated an ambulance at the MDA Basel Station, Tel Aviv, in memory of her husband, Sir Clive, and Marjorie Ziff who dedicated an ambulance in memory of her husband, Israel.
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Electric Vehicles Join Our Lifesaving Fleet
Tens of electric vehicles will be joining the thousands of medicycles, bicycles and First Responder vehicles in saving lives.
The small electric vehicles easily merge into traffic, reduce pollution and allow for easy manoeuvrability due to their size.
The first electric vehicles reached Israel at the end of September and underwent a long customisation process, at the end of which they received authorisation to be used as emergency vehicles to provide first aid.
Speaking about the vehicles, MDA Director General Eli Bin said: “We’ve been working for a year to bring dozens of electric vehicles to Israel and add them to the lifesaving activity for the public’s benefit nationwide. We have undertaken a comprehensive check and found that these vehicles will significantly reduce MDA crews’ response times, and will become yet another important innovation that MDA has been leading during all its years of existence.”
Saving Lives on Park
In September our Annual Dinner was held at The Dorchester, Park Lane and raised a record-breaking total of £2.1m.
The Ballroom was filled with over 400 people, including 150 new faces and several new table hosts.
Gyles Brandreth played host and compère for the evening and was thoroughly entertaining – with laughter heard throughout the room whenever he took to the stage. The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles honoured Daniella Baron Cohen and Gil Weiser for their continuous dedication to MDA in Israel and the UK, and for instilling a sense of philanthropy into many Israelis, through the establishment of Israeli Friends of MDA.
Guest Speaker, Captain Ziv Shilon, shared with guests his near-death story detailing how he lost one of his hands (and nearly his life) when a bomb blew up right in front of him in the Gaza Strip. He went into detail about how Magen David Adom saved his life providing him with a crucial 56 units of blood. Despite the obstacles of several surgeries and months of rehabilitation, Ziv remains positive. As part of an impassioned address, Ziv told donors “I have experienced the essential role that Magen David Adom’s blood service provides. Without them, I would be dead.”
Following Ziv’s address, the campaign film ‘On The Frontline’ was played to the guests and highlighted how MDA’s frontlines and MDA’s lifesavers are needed across the length and breadth of Israel and beyond. The take home message was that MDA does not discriminate, every life is a life that must be saved.
Also in attendance at the event was Professor Eilat Shinar, National Blood Services Director, who showcased our Capital Project – The National Blood & Logistics Centre in Ramla – a partnership with the Israeli government, Israeli philanthropists and American Friends of MDA. A model of the new lifesaving centre was on display during the reception.
Speaking after the event, MDA UK Chief Executive Daniel Burger commented: “We are so delighted and overwhelmed with the support we have received this evening, from our incredible long-standing donors, and also new ones. Nothing makes me more proud than seeing the support from the next generation grow, not only from within our own community but also from our Christian Friends (CFMDA).”
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