While the Israel Defense Forces' main purpose is to do what its name says - defend Israel - the Israeli military does so much more than that, including reaching out to other nations in times of trouble. The IDF's blog gives us this heartening story about how an IDF major's area of expertise is helping ready her soldiers and their American allies for emergency situations:
Major Sivan has served as the head of the Urban Search and Rescue Section for the last two and a half years. During that time she has built teams of search and rescue professionals that lead training sessions in collaboration with the Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP).
“The training consists of three parts. First, we lead the search and rescue part, next the firefighters lead the fire extinguishing part, and then the doctors lead the medical training,” said Maj. Sivan...
So, what does Major Sivan recommend you do in an emergency situation? “The first thing you need in a disaster situation is head protection, but that doesn't mean that you need professional equipment. You can even use your bike helmet. Next, you have to estimate how risky the site is and calculate exactly how you have to move the debris in order to not injure those trapped. You have to make sure that you know the layout of the field so that the search and rescue workers won’t get hurt while saving others. Then you need to know how many people were there as well as what the original structure of the building was like in order to estimate where those trapped could have been at the time of the disaster and that’s where you start searching there. Also, you can never leave someone who is trapped, even if you find more than one person at once. In that situation you should call for someone else to come help. Finally, working with other organizations to save lives is key.”
Thanks to Maj. Sivan’s expertise her soldiers and EVP participants are well prepared for emergency situations and if the time comes, they have a partner willing and able to help.