IDF, police did not coordinate on Carmel fire

The Defense Ministry’s National Emergency Administration failed to prepare together with the IDF the defense establishment’s response to national disasters like the Carmel Fire, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss wrote in his damning report released on Wednesday.
In the report, Lindenstrauss said that the NEA needed to prepare ahead of time a list of potential national disasters and work together with the IDF to create various responses and solutions. The NEA was established after the Second Lebanon War to coordinate between Israel’s various emergency services in the event of large-scale missile attacks or national disasters.
Lindenstrauss said that the fire demonstrated the lack of coordination between the IDF and the Israel Police in home front crisis management.
“The IDF and the police did not hold regular joint assessments of the situation during the fire,” Lindenstruass wrote in the report. “This was needed in order to properly manage the emergency efforts and in order to see if the police was capable of managing the event or needed to transfer responsibility to the IDF.”
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