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.”
Last week, 22 Magen David Adom UK supporters walked 60km across Israel and raised in excess of £70,000, covering the cost of a lifesaving ambulance.
The 60km trek across Israel took place over 5 days and included tours of the blood centre at Tel Hashomer, as well as other Magen David Adom (MDA) facilities and all 22 trekkers took part in simultaneous ambulance shifts.
The trek included climbing Masada, walking through part of the Ramon crater and ended up at the MDA station at Yerucham, where the dedication took place of a medicycle that was raised at last year’s inaugural trek.
Having been immersed into the work of MDA and visiting two key IDF bases, all trekkers have returned to the UK as brand ambassadors for both MDA and The State of Israel.
MDA UK trekker and Chief Executive Daniel Burger said: “It was a privilege to spend some special times with this group and to have seen parts of Israel that I have not seen before. My gratitude goes to all trekkers who took the time out of their busy schedule to partake in the fantastic opportunity. I very much look forward to growing this even further next year.”
Trekker 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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A new lifesaver for the Old City
On Sunday 8th October Magen David Adom UK’s Vice President, Irving Carter, dedicated a Mercedes ambulance to MDA.
The dedication ceremony took place at the Tower of David in the Old City and was well attended by Irving’s family, as well as esteemed MDA representatives, MDA UK President Sir Ian Gainsford and his wife Lady Carmel Gainsford as well as MDA UK CEO Daniel Burger.
This is the first new ambulance in the Old City in 10 years, and is the only ambulance of its kind that services the Old City.
In over thirty years of supporting MDA, Irving has gifted multiple ambulances, bikes, mobile blood banks and a mobile intensive care unit. Over 150,000 people have received lifesaving treatment in the vehicles dedicated by the Carter family.
MDA UK’s Chief Executive Daniel Burger commented: “For years Irving has been telling MDA that he’d like to dedicate a Mercedes vehicle, so when he heard we were replacing the Old City ambulance with a new Mercedes Vito, he jumped! We are ever thankful to Irving for his outstanding support, generosity and dedication to Magen David Adom. It is incredible to think how many lives have been saved from all the gifts Irving and his family have donated to MDA.”
During the dedication ceremony MDA UK Vice President Irving Carter said: “It is our honour 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.”
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Electric vehicles join our lifesaving troop
Tens of electric vehicles have been added to the front line immediate response system, and will be joining the thousands of medicycles, bicycles and First Responder vehicles in saving lives.
MDA Director General Eli Bin: “We’ve been working for a year to enable us to bring the 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.”
The small electric vehicles will easily merge into traffic, reduce pollution and allow for easy manoeuvrability due to their size.
Following a long process that began a year and a half ago with the Transport Ministry allowing the import of the vehicles, MDA approached several importers and investigated the possibility of bringing the vehicles to Israel and integrating them into the organisation’s operations.
The first vehicles reached Israel at the end of September and underwent a long process, at the end of which they received authorisation to be used as emergency vehicles to provide first aid.
You’ll now be able to see the vehicles being used in different emergency events, and will help provide medical cover at other countrywide events.
MDA UK DINNER RAISES £2.1M
We are so delighted to share that our Annual Dinner at The Dorchester, Park Lane raised a total of £2.1m. Thank you so much to all our incredible supporters, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Last night, over 400 people filled the Dorchester Ballroom, including 150 new faces. Record-breaking figures all round!
Host and compere, Gyles Brandreth, entertained guests throughout the evening. Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles took to the stage to honour Daniella Baron Cohen and Gil Weiser for their continuous dedication to MDA and for instilling a sense of philanthropy into many Israelis. Following this, 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 whilst on duty at the Gaza Strip, and how Magen David Adom saved his life.
Also in attendance was Professor Eilat Shinar, National Blood Services Director, who showcased to donors the Capital Project – The National Blood & Logistics Centre – a partnership with the Israeli government, Israeli philanthropists and American Friends of MDA.
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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