IDF Home Front Command to Begin “Orange Flame” Exercise in Central Israel, 8 Nov 2010

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will mark the beginning of the “Orange Flame” exercise, simulating a biological scenario. The exercise is led by the IDF Home Front Command and the Israeli Ministry of Health. Other authorities taking part in the exercise are the National Emergency Management Authority, Kaplan Medical Hospital, Assaf Harofe Medical Center, Meir Medical Center, Magen David Adom, Israel Police, and the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.

It should be noted that this is the fifth year in which this exercise is taking place and was planned in advance as part of the IDF’s routine exercise schedule for 2010.

The purpose of the exercise is to improve the emergency response capabilities of all medical organizations in central Israel as well as their interoperability. The exercise is designed to identify discrepancies between the various organizations so as to provide solutions through lessons learnt.

The two-day exercise will include field drills and command post drills, simulating different emergency scenarios in three hospitals and in the additional emergency response centers that will be set up in Ramla and Kfar Saba.

The IDF Home Front Command, together with the Israel Ministry of Health, will continue to operate in order to increase and improve the capabilities of all emergency authorities to operate during emergency.

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