JEMS: EMS Preparation and Response for Car Ramming Attacks

Posted By : Lisa-Michelle Kucharz March 16, 2017

By Dr. Eli Yaffe, Head of Training at Magen David Adom

During the past year, ramming attacks have become somewhat of an epidemic in Israel. The country has been experiencing a variety of terror attacks, including ramming attacks, for close to 20 years. Magen David Adom, Israel’s EMS organization, has some advice for other EMS agencies to prepare for terrorist incidents.

The 2016 ramming attack that took place on July 14, Bastille Day, at the Nice boardwalk took the lives of 84 people and resulted in the injuries of some 200 people, making it the deadliest ramming attack ever to occur. When compared to other terrorist attacks that have claimed similar numbers of casualties, this one was much simpler to execute. Ramming attacks don’t require intricate planning, intelligence gathering or any logistical infrastructure. Making them that much more dangerous.

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