Following the historical Abraham Accords signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a joint professional collaboration supported by the MK Idan Roll, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Major General Chalifa Harb El Hili, Emirates Under Secretary of Internal Affairs, has been initiated between Magen David Adom Israel’s National EMS organization and the National ambulance UAE.
As part of the collaboration, a joint virtual simulation took place last week with observers from the Netherlands, Italy, and France simulating a Mass Casualty Incident Scenario involving a bus with dozens of injured passengers in challenging terrain and weather conditions far from urban area all in order to improve the emergency preparedness and share mutual knowledge.
During the virtual exercise the scenario was simulated twice, once responded by the MDA team and second by the UAE Ambulance Services team presenting the operational protocols of the two organizations facing dilemmas and their answers all in order to enrich the participants’ knowledge.
The managers of the two parties have specified during the drill the importance of the collaboration and the fact that the communities in both countries rely on their emergency services to provide an immediate, efficient, and professional response during emergencies. The commitment of the organizations and authorities is to learn from each other and improve their ability to be better prepared for emergency and disaster situations that unfortunately might occur.
Eli Bin MDA Director General: “The joint drill between Magen David Adom and the UAE Ministry of Interior and their Ambulance services conducted during this week, is a historical event of exchanging knowledge, technologies, and experience that we have gathered over the years. At the same time, we have learned a lot about the challenges that our friends at the UAE that displayed their skills and new technologies are confronting. This is all about exchanging knowledge and joint learning in our striving to improve our lifesaving abilities.”