South Floridians train to volunteer in Israel

Numerous South Floridians are now trained and certified emergency responders who can volunteer in Israel when a crisis breaks out there.

Approximately 60 people attended the Emergency Volunteers Project’s recent training sessions at the Plantation Fire Department Administration Building and the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety. EVP is an Israeli organization that assembles a team of able-bodied volunteers who are trained to provide non-military support in Israel in the event of a crisis there.

The Volunteers were certified by the State of Israel, Federal Emergency Management Agency and EVP to become local and international responders through initial training and orientation meetings. They will serve in Israel for 10 days, if needed, during the next war or other crisis. These volunteers would include: doctors, firefighters, nurses and paramedics, and community volunteers who would serve in the municipality emergency depots, deliver water and food to shelters and provide various support services in towns drained by call ups of military reserve personnel.

EVP has also partnered with the Jewish Federation of Broward County and the city of Nesher to assemble a team of local volunteers that would serve in Israel if needed on behalf of the Federation.

“Jewish Federation of Broward County‘s support of EVP is an expression of our unwavering commitment to the people and the State of Israel,” said Michael Balaban, the Federation’s president and chief executive officer, in an email statement. “We are united with Israel in moments of calm and crisis. Combining our financial and volunteer support, our community is proud to be a part of this project.”



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Brian Strelitz, EVP’s East Region manager, said that the volunteers’ passion, dedication and commitment during the training sessions enabled them to be able to go to Israel to do “an incredible service at the time of a crisis.”

Strelitz mentioned that the volunteers worked on hose drills with Israeli equipment and firefighters so they would understand not only how to work with it, but also the differences between the Israeli and American equipment.

Billy Hirth, EVP’s director of operations/fire teams who was one of the trainers, said the training focused on getting the volunteers to mainly adapt to the Israeli way of doing business and also the differences and mindset between the Israeli and American way.

evpflorida@gmail.com for more information on EVP, including future trainings.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-jjbn-training-0628-20170621-story.html

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