First aid services being prepared for Remembrance Day ceremonies

Paramedics and medics in ambulances, mobile intensive care units, ambucycles, Segways and jeeps will be on duty to treat people who feel unwell at the ceremonies.

April 20, 2015 02:22
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Ambulance. (photo credit: MAGEN DAVID ADOM JERUSALEM)

Magen David Adom is in high gear preparing to provide first-aid services for participants in Remembrance Day at military cemeteries around the country on Wednesday – and asking for blood donations in memory of the fallen.

The first-aid, ambulance and blood supply organization is also holding ceremonies to remember the fallen among MDA staffers and volunteers, including two who were killed in Operation Protective Edge.

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Paramedics and medics in ambulances and mobile intensive care units and on ambucycles, Segways and jeeps will be on duty to treat people who feel unwell at the ceremonies.

MDA has over the decades lost 70 employees and volunteers to war and terrorism. Among them were Ze’ev Etzion, 55, and Barkai Yishai Shor, 21, who were killed in the war against Gazan terrorism last summer. A ceremony to remember the 70 will be held on Wednesday at MDA headquarters in Tel Aviv, and families, volunteers and employees will be present.

For the 20th year, MDA will hold a memorial event in Zichron Ya’acov where people are invited to donate blood in memory of the fallen. Blood will be collected between 8 a.m.

and 2 p.m. in the Hobbit Bar in the town’s pedestrian mall, in the Nili cafe and in Derech Sarah over Neveh Habaron. More than 4,000 pints have been donated at this annual event.

Blood donors are invited to give a pint at MDA stations around the country, as supplies run low during the holidays when people are on vacation or otherwise occupied, MDA blood services director Prof. Eilat Shinar said.

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