Daily Israel Report

Home Front Command Prepares for Emergency in Gush Dan

Home Front Command holds drill in the Gush Dan area. "It's not related to the reports on Iran."
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 11/4/2011, 5:17 AM

Arutz Sheva visited on Thursday the scene of the Home Front Command’s emergency rescue and military preparedness drill in the Gush Dan area.

Security and rescue forces took part in the exercise, both to check their ability to coordinate their services in time of crisis, and to raise the public’s level of awareness.

The drill has been going on for the past week, according to Col. Adam Sussman, Commander of the IDF Home Front Command’s Dan District. It simulated scenarios of both conventional and non-conventional rockets exploding in central Israel.

A major part of the drill was to practice the cooperation between the various rescue forces in Israel, which Col. Sussman said had gone “very well.”

“Nearly every drill we practice the cooperation between the different units: the police, the fire department, Magen David Adom,” he said. “This is another drill which just improves it.”

Col. Sussman said that the drill was “not connected at all” to the latest storm in the Israeli media regarding a possible imminent Israeli military strike in Iran.

“It was just by chance that it’s happening today when different things are going on,” he said. “There’s no connection whatsoever.”