January 16th, 2010
IDF Medical and Rescue Team has set up a Field Hospital, Beginning to Rescue and Treat hundreds
The IDF Medical and Rescue Team has arrived in Haiti, set up a field hospital in Port-Au-Prince and is beginning to treat patients there. In addition, the forces are locating and rescuing survivors trapped in ruined buildings, including many who were injured during the collapse of the UN headquarters.
The field hospital is prepared to receive the dozens of ambulances evacuating injured children from the different disaster struck areas. Between Friday night and Saturday, dozens of truckloads of medical and logistical equipment were unloaded and the field hospital was set up.
The Israeli delegation landed in the capital of Port-Au-Prince yesterday evening and has located itself in a soccer field near the air port. Upon arrival, C4I teams deployed communications infrastructure in preparations for the hospital’s establishment.
Two teams, comprised of search and rescue personnel and canine operators from the IDF canine unit were sent out on rescue missions. The first team was sent to the Haiti UN headquarters in order to assist in rescuing survivors.
The rescue teams are working in cooperation with local authorities in order to reach disaster struck areas where survivors can be located and assisted.
The delegation is scheduled to stay in Haiti for a minimum of two weeks. Further stay will be assessed at the end of this period.
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