Conclusion of Summer 2021 in Hatzalah Without Borders

Conclusion of Summer

This year has not been easy. There has been hardship and disaster….the tunnel stampede in Meron during Lag b’omer, the Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside in early summer, the subsequent floods in Europe….a difficult and dramatic year.

So, when there is generosity and chessed, we pay attention all the more.

Overturned truck calls for help mid-day on Tisha B’av between Maon and Carmel in Har Hevron. The driver is concious and trapped underneath.

On July 13th we organized together with the regional medical coordinator and council chief of Staff to hold a 

multi-vehicle rescue training exercise for medical teams in Har Hevron.

The event was attended by about 25 “imaginary” casualties….and volunteers from medical, security, police, fire, and IDF.

At the end of the exercise, a follow-up investigation summarizing the exercise took place in the Regional Council meeting hall.

Training cannot be overrated…it is very important and gives us the edge we need to continue our work in the field saving lives and being as efficient as we can.

On July 16th, Thursday during the Nine Days, “Security Forces Day” was held in the Jordan Valley for the Gefenim day camp and Dinat Tamar school. these educational programs for young children last 3 weeks in July, including the Nine Days which are often extremely hot.  Magen David Adom, Rescuers Without Borders, Fire and Rescue Authority for Israel, and Israel Police all took part – presenting the capabilities of the units, deploying the equipment and performing rescue missions for the children.

On July 16th, residents of Otniel and Beit Haggai received instruction in life-saving emergency operations including resuscitation, operation of a defibrillator device suffocation, stopping bleeding and more. 

After the training, our volunteers ran practice stations using resuscitation dolls and other medical equipment.

At the end of the evening, each family received a small first aid kit with basic home supplies.

Many thanks to Haim Rubin and Yamit Blass (Othniel), Israela Sagron (Beit Hagai), to the Har Hebron Regional Council. We see great importance in community medical training and we will continue to invest in the medical system in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley to save lives.

Since 2001, Rescuers Without Borders Israel (aka Hatzalah Yehuda & Shomron) has been the primary supporter of volunteer medics, paramedics and ambulance drivers throughout Judea and Samaria, working in full coordination with Magen David Adom in supplying defibrillators, medical equipment, ambulances and training. Today the organization has over 1,400 volunteers also in the areas around Jerusalem and the Old City. Rescuers Without Borders and is funded completely by private donations and is a registered 501 c 3 charitable organization.

Car accident
Car accident, between Yakir and Yericho in the Jordan Valley

Medics treating injured passenger in the Shomron from bus that was hit by Arabs who were throwing rocks

See inside a bus after a stoning attack….Jerusalem Aug. 2021 outside Shchem Gate

Close- up of one of the rocks thrown at a public bus. These can kill.

Arabs throw rocks at Egged Bus between Ofra and Givat Asaf in the Shomron

Car accident, outside of Hevron. Car flipped over while passing. Dangerous driving like this happens every day.

Traffic accidents in the Southern Hevron Hills this summer were frequent. Our medics got to the scene quickly, despite the intense heat and danger.

I wanted to write a summary of the summer in Israel, and describe how our medics were as usual, on the scene in cases of drownings, heat exhaustion, and snake bites. We even had a station set up on the beach at the Kinneret.

I also wanted to show a happier Rosh HaShana photo, and keep things light.

But…..let’s be real. We live in a violent land. Here we experience constant “action” and many road accidents. The equipment we have is so important, I had to write another thank you to our supporters who give on a consistent basis, and fund our medical bags and defibrillators. These are our “bread and butter” and without these, many injuries would go untreated, and many survivors would suffer. Our equipment and training makes us dependable and YOU allow us to serve with speed, efficiency, and dedication. Thank you!!!

May this year bring us closer to G-d, unite Am Yisrael, and see the incoming of the Exiles. Shana Tovah!!!!

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Rescuers Without Borders is an Israeli volunteer organization, with a network of over 1,600 medics, paramedics, and doctors, who are committed to saving lives.