Over 1,000 Israeli teens spend summer learning lifesaving to teach others

The youth also learned about alcohol and smoking and disease prevention and will speak to the general public in malls and other public places.

MDA youth volunteers in summer course, August 2017. (photo credit: YAIR ZUR/ MDA)
MDA youth volunteers in summer course, August 2017.
(photo credit: YAIR ZUR/ MDA)
Instead of lying on the beach or visiting their favorite shopping malls, more than 1,000 teenagers around the country are spending their summer vacation learning first aid or upgrading their skills at Magen David Adom courses.
Approximately 700 MDA youth volunteers are in August upgrading their training in a course for dealing with multi-casualty disasters.
Already in July, about 230 MDA youth volunteers completed a firstaid counselors’ course and in the future will teach peers who want to volunteer with the organization. In addition to the treatment of acute illness and injury, they also learned about alcohol and smoking and disease prevention and will speak to the general public in malls and other public places. The public will be able to hear about what they learned at shopping centers and other public places.
 MDA youth volunteers in summer course, August 2017. (Credit: Yair Zur/ MDA) MDA youth volunteers in summer course, August 2017. (Credit: Yair Zur/ MDA)
“I am very proud of all the pupils who decide to do something meaningful during the summer vacation,” said Gal Grender, MDA’s director of instructors’ courses. “This is not something that is taken for granted.
They come to learn how to transfer content, specialize in lifesaving and do it with great success. This is a very high quality youth – the next generation of MDA volunteers.”
“Hundreds of youth volunteers from around the country who take part in the training course upgrade their professional knowledge, learn a great deal of theoretical material and practice how to provide lifesaving medical care in a complex multi-casualty incident,” added MDA paramedic Stav Brodsky.