´We´re training like we´ve never trained before´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ahiya Raved Published: 08.16.12, 12:30 )
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Hazmat units, emergency text messages and drill after drill after
drill; with growing concerns over Syria, Iran situations, Home Front
Command is leaving nothing to chance
With ongoing public, military and diplomatic debates focusing on the
possibility of a confrontation with Iran and growing fears that the
lack of stability in Syria could lead to the use of unconventional
weapons, the Home Front Command has been holding a series of drills
throughout the country.
While this week´s Home Front Command drills have been focusing on the
northern regions, the IDF has been seeking to increase awareness and
preparedness among the general Israeli public which is why text
messages were sent to hundreds of thousands of citizens´ cellular
phones – if needed, these messages will be sent should an attack be
The hazmat unit also had a prominent role in the recent drills.
Home Front Command Northern District Deputy Commander Lieutenant
Colonel Moshe Huli said that since the beginning of the year his
soldier´s practiced dozens of scenarios.
"The truth is that we have been training more than Golani and the
Paratroopers… Today everyone understands that the Home Front Command
will be at the center of things in the next war and in the last few
years we have trained like we have never trained before.
"There is awareness, (we have held) many exercises and improvements
are evident in both how we function and our cooperation with other
authorities: Police, Magen David Adom and of course, the local
authorities." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 08/16/12)
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