The Fire and Rescue Service (102), Magen David Adom (101) and hospital emergency rooms are preparing for dealing with mishaps related to Lag Ba’omer, the Jewish semi-holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, that occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar or this Wednesday night and Thursday.
Marked by bonfires and pilgrimages to Meron in the North, it marks the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage, mystic and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the second century CE.
MDA said that its paramedics and medics will be on duty not only all over the country, but also at the sage’s burial site, where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to congregate. During the event, MDA will run a special control center for coordinating treatment at two clinics, one at the Meron yeshiva and the other at the foot of the mount.
A large number of mobile intensive care units, ambulances, catastrophe units and other rescue vehicles will be on duty there and on roads leading to Meron.
At last year’s celebration, MDA treated some 170 people who suffered dehydration, drank too much alcohol, were injured or suffered from other medial problems.