Home Front Command carries out largest drill ever held in Haifa

The two-day drill, which will start today, will simulate a severe rocket fire attack targeting the city as well as other extreme disaster scenarios

Date: 18/07/2012, 10:40 AM     Author: Jonatan Urich

The Home Front Command, in conjunction with the various rescue and emergency bodies in Haifa, will begin the largest home front drill ever held in Haifa, today, Wednesday (July 18). The exercise will simulate hundreds of rockets striking the city, including direct hits on strategic buildings.

The two-day drill will involve units of the Home Front Command specializing in search and rescue operations and in coping with non-conventional weapons attacks, as well as the Israeli Police, the Israel Fire and Rescue Services, Magen David Adom, and the National Emergency Authority.

The drill will incorporate an exercise in which the military and civilian forces deal with an attack involving hazardous materials, as well as exercises in which the civilian population is evacuated to protected facilities.

Additionally, the forces will simulate a rocket attack on Haifa’s Technion University, during which gas masks will be distributed to residents in the relevant areas.