New district is responsible for civil defense and is under the jurisdiction of the Home Front Command and the Southern Command
Date: 21/02/2012, 1:20 PM Author: Hadas Duvdevani
The Home Front Command recently inaugurated the western Negev District, a new district command that will deal with elements of the civil defense in the Gaza region. With the inauguration, training exercises have begun with regional brigades in an effort to establish familiarity with the region.
The District, which belongs to the Home Front Command, works professionally under the Southern Command, and the Gaza Division in particular. The collaboration with the division, which is responsible for the area, and the new district will exist in emergency defense and policy-making. They will make it possible for educational studies to continue and allow residents to travel to their jobs during times of emergency. Both sides will determine the everyday policy, in order to give a complete answer to threats in the area.
“Readiness of the district is constant, 24 hours a day. We have already proven our readiness in the past, with our forces mobilizing for the recent escalation. We are always ready, every day.
Preparedness for emergencies is integral to the work area,” said Western Negev District Commander, Lt. Col Motti Newman.
As the district was established as a part of the conclusions from the Second Lebanon War, it is been considered fairly new and it became necessary to hold a training with the Gaza Division and the regional brigade. During an emergency, the district will work with all these bodies, and they must understand their function and everyday operations. The unique duties of the new district include the responsibility to sound warning sirens and alert the area. In addition, its role includes defending educational institutions, kindergartens and bus stations in the area.
“For the first time, we are showing how we will deal with emergency situations, in particular with civil defense,” explained Lt. Col. Newman. “It is important to set professional standards in matters like these,” he added.
The Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Yossi Bachar, also noted, “This training is part of a joint study between the Home Front Command and other divisions. My division and the district will meet any requirements necessary so that we can rise to the challenges in store for us.”