During the MCI drill in Kafr Qassem
During the MCI drill in Kafr QassemUnited Hatzalah

On Sunday evening, United Hatzalah volunteers from the Kafr Qassem-Kafr Bara-Jaljulia branch conducted a comprehensive joint drill in collaboration with the IDF Home Front Command and local security forces.

The exercise, held in the town of Kafr Qassem, was designed to simulate a missile attack, aiming to enhance the preparedness of both citizens and security personnel to effectively respond to emergency situations tailored to the unique challenges of the city and the war with Hamas.

The multifaceted drill incorporated a variety of scenarios to ensure a thorough and realistic training experience. The volunteers were divided into five teams and received four reports of rocket hits, including some that turned out to be incorrect or inaccurate. One part of the simulated drill focused on a school that was damaged by shrapnel; in it, the volunteers treated three witnesses for emotional shock.

In a second location, the main scene of the drill took place, wherein a three-floor house suffered a direct hit and collapsed, trapping five people under the debris. The IDF Home Front Command extricated them, after which four of them received initial medical treatment in the field and were transported to the hospital for definitive care. One of the simulated victims was to be pronounced dead, thus elevating the severity and urgency of the training scenario for the volunteers and soldiers participating.

Mohamad Amer, the head of the Kafr Qassem-Kafr Bara-Jaljulia branch of United Hatzalah, said, "Dozens of doctors, paramedics, and EMTs from our branch participated in the drill conducted on Sunday night. Utilizing ambulances, off-road vehicles, ambucycles, and other resources, our volunteers delivered a prompt medical response to numerous emergency calls received during the simulated missile attack, and the exercise was deemed a huge success."

Dovie Maisel, Vice President of Operations at United Hatzalah, reflected on the importance of such training exercises, especially in light of recent events.

"Unfortunately, October 7th has shown us the wide range of scenarios for which first responders need to be trained in this country," he said. "We engage in various types of mass casualty incident (MCI) training year-round, and we need to maintain our readiness for all of our volunteers."

"Often these training exercises are held in partnership with the IDF, and their effectiveness paid off in how closely the two entities worked together during Oct. 7th, which resulted in many lives being saved. During this time of conflict on a national scale, we have intensified the frequency of these training exercises to ensure our readiness for every conceivable eventuality, as the war continues and develops."