Thursday, May 3, 2012

Israel's Rescue Teams


IDF Search & Rescue Team (S&R)

The IDF dispatches the Search and Rescue Unit across the globe to save lives in times of emergency. Comprised mostly of reserve duty volunteers, they have been sent to countries in crisis including: Turkey, Armenia, Argentina, Rwanda, Kosovo, India and Haiti.

The function of the Home Front Command's Search and Rescue unit is defined as follows: a command rescue force intended for performance of distinct S&R missions in the country as well as abroad, in peacetime, in war and in emergency, anyplace and at any time as needed.

The unit was established at its current strength in 1984, combining all the specialist units that were involved with S&R until that time. The unit has participated in many special S&R operations in Israel and abroad.

Operations abroad:

Tyre and Sidon, 1982 and 1983.
Mexico, 1985.
Armenia, December 1988, following the earthquake.
Buenos-Aires, Argentina, 1994, following a terrorist bombing.
Rwanda, July 1994, in the aftermath of the civil war.
Nairobi, Kenya, 1998, following the terroritst bombing of the US Embassy.
Kosovo, April 1999, in the aftermath of the conflict.
Turkey, August 1999, following the earthquake.
Greece, September 1999, following the earthquake.
Turkey, November 1999, following the earthquake.
India, Feburary 2001, following the earthquake.

Fast Israeli Rescue & Search Team (F.I.R.S.T.)

Fast Israeli Rescue & Search Team (F.I.R.S.T.) is the national association for search and rescue established in 1986. F.I.R.S.T. trains, supports and coordinates activities of 11 regional search and rescue units around Israel.

The entire F.I.R.S.T. organization, from administrators to each of the Search and Rescue units (SAR) is entirely made up of volunteers.
These are a remarkable group of some 550 highly motivated professional-level civilians who come from all walks of life and all Israeli ethnic and religious communities.

For the past 20 years F.I.R.S.T. volunteers have dedicated their time and risked their lives to save tens of thousands of people faced by disastrous situations in Israel and abroad.

In times of national emergency, F.I.R.S.T. units are often the first to arrive on the scene since the volunteers live among the population that they serve. FIRST rescue units operated in Turkey, India, Mexico, El- Salvador, Greece, Armenia, New Guinea and more.

Japan, March 2011 - Israel sends rescue team and humanitarian aid to Japan

January 15, 2010 - Israel Sends Rescue Team to Haiti

Turky, August 1999 - Search, Rescue and Relief Following Aug & Nov Earthquakes in Turkey

Israel Flying Aid (IFA)

Israeli Flying Aid (IFA) is a non – for – profit, non governmental aid organization which provides life saving aid to people affected by natural and man made disasters in developing countries worldwide. IFA provides assistance to all who are in need by distribution of relief items, medical assistance and any other life saving methods.

Israel, March 28, 2008 - Israeli Group Helps Doctors Raise Funds for Community in Distress in Ethiopia

Indonesia, Mid June, 2006 - Israelis help Indonesian earthquake victims in the island of Java

USA, September 10th, 2005 - Israeli Flying Aid Sends Team to Katrina Affected Region

Georgia, July 7, 2005 - Israeli Flying Aid Sends Relief Aid to Flood Victims in Georgia

Mynamar, Burma, May 2, 2008 - Israeli Rescue Teams helps to Cyclone Nargis in Mynamar, Burma


ZAKA is a UN-recognized, Israel-based humanitarian NGO, saving lives & honoring the dead in National & Int'l casualty incidents (eg, 9-11, Haiti, tsunami, Mumbai). Trains volunteers around the world to ensure a faster emergency response to save more lives.

Our name, ZAKA, is an acronym for the Hebrew words, “Disaster Victim Recovery”

This holy work has grown to include saving lives in danger. With more than 1,500 trained volunteers, including an Israeli fleet of 30 ambulances and 162 motorcycles, all of ZAKA is always on-call... Always!

(Deuteronomy 22:4)
"Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again."

The rest of the United Nations (America, England, etc.) were incredibly slow at sending any aid to Haiti. Where Is The Saudi Arabian & United Arab Emirates (richest countries in the Middle east) response??? They do nothing but waste money in BUILDING CITIES! Haiti was one of the few countries in the West that allowed Jewish prisoners come in during WWII - G-d promised His people, "I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you" (Genesis 12:3, Genesis 27:29)

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