Emergency Medical Services Department
Emergency Medical Services Department is designed to help individuals, private, public and federal organizations to learn proper emergency techniques and create effective Emergency Response Teams that will respond to any medical emergency that their organization is facing in case of an environmental, medical emergency, active shooting or terrorism-related situation.
EMERGENCY SERVICES SYSTEM
Emergency Medical Services system is based on the Israeli art of emergency procedures and is composed of procedures during Emergency Responses to Mass-Casualty andTerrorism Incidents. These procedures include an introduction of theoretical strategies and physical security doctrines that can prevent, can deter, and can neutralize criminal, and terrorist activities. Based on a national model of operations, Israel has developed a standardized system of emergency preparedness and management that is coordinated by the Supreme Health Authority, a committee of the Ministry of Health. Compulsory emergency response training for all medical institutions and first responders and regular exercises for responding to mass-casualty incidents are carried out. All acute care hospitals and emergency medical services that operate in the region participate. All personnel that constitutes the response teams for emergencies, including physicians, nurses, paramedical staff, and logistics and administrative professionals, are the target group for this training. Common terminology, close collaboration between the civilian and military health care systems, cooperation between local and national authorities, and an ongoing commitment to the capacity building are also components of Israel’s emergency preparedness and response system.
FALCON’S EMERGENCY SERVICES REALISM
Following every mass-casualty incident, a structured after-action review is conducted to identify lessons from the experience. These reviews have produced useful insights that have led planners to develop, assess, and refine their approach to the incidents. As a result, Israel has developed a standardized but flexible approach to such incidents that can be readily adapted to a wide range of circumstances. Israel’s response system is structured to take advantage of the existing nationwide network of prehospital services and health care providers and facilities.