Netanyahu visits wounded soldier in hospital 311.
(photo credit: Moshe Milnr / GPO)
The IDF has decided to upgrade its medical evacuation capabilities and to provide search-and-rescue teams with the ability to conduct complicated surgical procedures aboard helicopters and transport aircraft.
The decision is aimed at increasing the air force’s search-and-rescue unit 669 and to enable its medics and doctors to perform complicated procedures and even surgeries while in the air, due to growing threats far away from Israel’s borders.
Unit 669 is one of the IDF’s most elite units and regularly receives visits from foreign militaries. Unit members recently participated in joint drills with the Romanian and Greek air forces.
“It is critical that wounded soldiers receive the best treatment as quickly as possible during what is known as the Golden Hour,” a senior officer explained.
“To make this happen we need to enable the unit to perform more complicated procedures.”
The decision to establish an airborne hospital came after a
comprehensive review in the IDF. The airborne hospital can potentially
be setup in both Sikorsky CH-53 transport helicopters and C-130
Part of the decision stems from an IDF assessment that in future
conflicts on various fronts it could potentially take too long to
evacuate soldiers to hospitals inside Israel due to military operations
that might be conducted far from Israel’s borders.
Meanwhile Sunday, the IDF Home Front Command began an international
seminar with military officers from a number of different countries to
discuss civil defense cooperation ahead of a future conflict.
The seminar will end on Thursday and was attended by 29 foreign officers
from five different countries. During the seminar, the attendees hear
lectures from IDF officers from the Home Front Command and Israel
Police, tour different bases and participate in simulations and drills.
“The focus is on the civilian population – how to prepare civilians,
deliver instructions to the public and explain developments,” explained
Lt.-Col. Itay Peleg, commander of the course.
On Sunday, OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg warned that
the Israeli public would face a significant bombardment of missiles in a
The public’s ability to sustain the attacks would determine the length and outcome of the conflict, he said.
“We are seeing everything larger, longer-range and intended to cause
greater damage to the home front,” Eisenberg said during a homeland
security conference organized by Technologies Group near Ben-Gurion
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