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Answering the Call: The lastest updates from Israel and the U.S.

New technology automatically notifies MDA of car accidents that require medical help

Posted By: Matt Sloan
February 15, 2019

Kiryat Ono, Israel (February 14, 2019) — Beginning this month, late-model cars in Israel have started to autonomously call for ambulances when the driver has been involved in an accident, reporting not only the exact location of the crash, but the specifics of the drivers’ and passengers’ injuries. This has not only dramatically reduced response […]

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MDA’s Ido Rosenblat named “CIO of the Year”

Posted By: Matt Sloan
February 15, 2019

Kiryat Ono, Israel (February 14, 2019) — Ido Rosenblat, who oversees technology for Israel’s national emergency medical services organization, Magen David Adom, was one of six people honored today by the Israeli tech magazine and website Anashim Veh Machshevim, “People and Computers,”at its Chief Information Officer of the Year Awards. The award carries additional prestige […]

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MDA leads multi-casualty incident drill in Chile

Posted By: Matt Sloan
January 28, 2019

Santiago, Chile (January 28, 2019) Last month representatives of a Magen David Adom mission arrived to Santiago, the capital of Chile, in order to hold a joint drill of a multi-casualty incident. MDA Director-General Eli Bin: “I welcome every activity in which people donate their knowledge and experience people are benefit from, in Israel and […]

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South Florida first responders turn to MDA to help prepare for terrorist attacks

Posted By: Matt Sloan
January 22, 2019

Miami (January 18, 2018) — In the aftermath of two of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history happening within their state’s borders, Florida first responders turned to Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS organization, for its expertise in dealing with another kind of potential mass-casualty incident — one involving a terrorist attack. First responders, […]

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MDA becomes sole dispatcher for all first responders in Israel

Posted By: Matt Sloan
January 22, 2019

Kiryat Ono, Israel (January 14, 2019) — Magen David Adom is now dispatching all emergency medical first responders in Israel, regardless of which EMS organization they’re affiliated with, bringing to fruition a 2014 ruling by the country’s Ministry of Health calling for all first responders to be dispatched to emergency scenes by MDA as part […]

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MDA campaigns in memory of Ari Fuld z’L in Los Angeles and Chicago

Posted By: Devick Sellam
October 17, 2018

Two, separate, grassroots campaigns to sponsor MDA ambulances in honor of Ari Fuld z’L have launched in Chicago and Los Angeles. Both are looking for support from around the country to realize their goals. Ari, a 45-year-old father of four, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on September 16 in Efrat. A man of integrity, […]

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MDA on the scene as rockets and mortars from Gaza target civilians in Southern Israel

Posted By: Devick Sellam
August 9, 2018

Magen David Adom was on the scene in southern Israeli on Wednesday and again on Thursday as a barrage of rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip targeted communities in and around Sderot. All told, more than 150 projectiles were fired from the Strip, with at least 25 rockets or mortar shells intercepted by […]

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“Ambulance” — New Docuseries About MDA Debuts Thursday on Israeli TV

Posted By: Devick Sellam
August 8, 2018

A new TV docuseries about the lifesaving work of MDA will premiere Thursday on Israel’s Reshet 13. The 10-episode show follows a select number of MDA dispatchers, paramedics and EMTs as they go through their daily, lifesaving work throughout Israel. The drama series takes viewers through their journeys treating patients, coping with stress, and assisting […]

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Head of IDF Technology: “Excellent Cooperation Between IDF and MDA”

Posted By: Devick Sellam
August 8, 2018

Two high-level Israel Defense Forces officials — Technological and Logistics Directorate, Major General Yitzhak Turgeman, along with Chief Medical Officer, Brigadier General Dr. Tarif Bader —came away highly impressed with Magen David Adom after a recent visit to its National Command-and-Control Center in Kiryat Ono. The visit included a comprehensive presentation by MDA Director-General Eli […]

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In a First, MDA Will Now Provide Whole Blood Units to IDF

Posted By: Devick Sellam
August 8, 2018

For the first time in Israel, Magen David Adom will provide whole blood units to the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps to treat injured soldiers in the field. The unprecedented decision will improve the chances of saving soldiers’ lives in the field who need immediate blood transfusions. Blood units are divided into three different groups: […]

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MDA Responds to Terrorist Attack in Adam

Posted By: Devick Sellam
July 26, 2018

Magen David Adom treated and evacuated three Israelis stabbed by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank settlement of Adam, northeast of Jerusalem. The victims included a critically wounded 31-year-old man and a 58-year-old man in serious condition. MDA evacuated both to Hadassah Hospital in Har Hatsofim. A third male victim was lightly injured […]

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MDA Featured Extensively in “Ambulance Today”

Posted By: Devick Sellam
July 13, 2018

MDA is featured extensively in a special summer edition of Ambulance Today, an international EMS trade magazine. It’s a very comprehensive look at MDA’s work — stories range from a review of the National Blood Services to its integration of volunteers.  Click here to read: Ambulance Today Summer 2018 Special Edition MDA small

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Prime Minister Netanyahu Praises MDA’s Response in Guatemala

Posted By: Devick Sellam
July 11, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently sent MDA Director-General Eli Bin a letter of recognition and appreciation for MDA’s rapid response to the Fuego Volcano disaster in Guatemala. Below is an English-language translation. To: Eli Bin MDA Director General With the return of the Israeli aid delegation to the victims of the eruption of the […]

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MDA Joins Emergency Summit on Earthquake Preparedness

Posted By: Devick Sellam
July 9, 2018

On the heels of several small but worrisome earthquakes in central and northern Israel, Magen David Adom will join an emergency summit convened by Israel’s Defense Ministry to review Israel’s readiness for a possible major earthquake. Wednesday’s high-level discussions will involve representatives from the National Emergency Management Authority, the IDF’s Home Front Command, police, firefighters, […]

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Say “Thanks” to MDA’s First Responders on National Paramedic Day!

Posted By: Devick Sellam
June 25, 2018

Magen David Adom paramedics redefine the word “heroic” every single time they flip on the siren and race toward the scene of a terrorist attack or a fire, putting strangers’ lives before their own. So today — on Israel’s First National Paramedic Day — we’re hoping everyone in the MDA community will take just one […]

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MDA and AFMDA Mourn the Passing of Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Posted By: Devick Sellam
June 22, 2018

In a Washington Post op-ed in March 2000, Charles Krauthammer did something few, if any, nationally syndicated columnists have ever done. He came to the defense of Magen David Adom. At a time when MDA was being denied admission to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dr. Krauthammer argued vehemently against […]

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MDA Welcomes Apple’s Announcement That Its Operating System Will Soon Geolocate 911 Calls

Posted By: Devick Sellam
June 18, 2018

MDA welcomes today’s announcement by Apple that its iOS 12 operating system will support geolocation services for 911 calls in the United States, providing faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times. Starting later this year, iPhone users who download the new iOS will be able to make 911 calls that automatically […]

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“The Ground Is So Hot It Burns Through Their Shoes” — MDA’s Tal Rabin in Israel21c

Posted By: Devick Sellam
June 11, 2018

Israeli paramedic Tal Rabin describes the grim scene in Guatemala in wake of the Fuego volcano. She joined a medical mission sent by Israel’s government. By Abigail Klein Leichman  JUNE 11, 2018, 11:10 AM The ground was still smoking from the hot fury of two volcanic eruptions early last week when an Israeli medical team arrived […]

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MDA’S Tal Rabin Joins Israeli Humanitarian Aid Mission to Guatemala to Assist Victims of Fuego Volcano Disaster

Posted By: Devick Sellam
June 7, 2018

Magen David Adom (MDA) Paramedic Tal Rabin has joined an eight-person Israeli humanitarian aid delegation to Guatemala, following the devastation caused by the Fuego Volcano. MDA is Israel’s national EMS and blood-services organization. Rabin, a paramedic based out of MDA’s Ramat Gan station, has extensive experience dealing with mass-casualty events, including traveling to Nepal as […]

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New Collaborations Between MDA and the Philippines Red Cross

Posted By: Devick Sellam
June 1, 2018

The Philippines is a country with a series of risks that require intensive activity of skilled medical and rescue forces. Deadly typhoons, active volcanoes, severe earthquakes, and armed conflicts are only some of the hazards Filipino citizens face, as the country is considered to be disaster-prone. Magen David Adom and the Philippines Red Cross began […]

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