Officials with Magen David Adom, Israel’s paramedic organization and Red Cross, say there is an urgent need to replace ambulances in Israel following May’s devastating terrorist rocket attacks and riots.
MDA’s fleet of 1,200 ambulances — provided almost exclusively by donations, many from American Christians supportive of Israel — includes 60 vehicles equipped for off-road use, 50 of which are heavily armored for duty in high-risk areas, and 120 retrofitted to operate as Covid-19 transport units.
Twelve were damaged during the attacks. And an additional 100 ambulances were taken off the streets this year, due to wear and tear. An MDA ambulance, officials say, will stay in service for an average of 10 years and can answer up to 10,000 calls.
“If an ambulance isn’t available, or has to come from too far away, the outcome is unthinkable. Oftentimes, an ambulance’s response time is the difference between life and death,” said Catherine L. Reed, chief executive officer of American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA).
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland