Mass Bio Drill at TA Conference

The first international conference for emergency preparedness and response features a mass biological attack drill in Tel Aviv.

Hillel Fendel and Yoni Kempinski , | updated: 12:20

Emergency drill
Emergency drill
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A large-scale biological emergency drill of Home Front Command forces and other emergency services is underway in the greater Tel Aviv region Wednesday as part of a four-day international conference in Tel Aviv. In the drill, known as Orange Flame 4, emergency personnel are required to quickly identify the source and cause of the contamination and neutralize it quickly. The drill will last through Thursday.

The conference, known as IPRED (international Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters), is a  joint initiative of the Israeli Ministry of Health and the IDF Home Front Command. Army and emergency service representatives from around the world have come to take part in the lectures and to observe Orange Flame 4.

Arutz Sheva TV attended the conference on Tuesday andspoke with IPRED officials.

Among the dozens of conference speakers and topics are:

Arjun Katoch of India, on the International Disaster Response System

Dr. Tzvi Feigenberg of Israel, Lessons learned from pre-hospital management by Magen David Adom (MDA) teams of 36 terror related multi-casualty incidents

Dr. Steven M Becker, United States, Improving risk communication for radiological/nuclear threats:

Dr. Leonard J Marcus, United States, The five dimensions of meta-leadership: application to U.S. public health leadership during the onset of H1N1

Dr. Ophir Lavon, Israel, Designated tools for management and control of medical information during mass-casualty toxicological incidents