IDF Chief of Staff Parts With Home Front Command

Michael Shvadron, IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi held the first of his parting visits, thanking the Home Front Command for its work in general and specifically in the Carmel fire

Date: 13/01/2011, 3:09 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi’s first parting visit to the IDF (Zahal) was held in the Home Front Command base in Ramla on Tuesday (Jan. 11). This was the first in a series of visits he’ll make in all commands, branches and arms throughout the month for the end of his term as the IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff.

During the visit, the Chief of Staff was briefed on the base’s military past and on the Tyre headquarters bombing (a bombing in a Lebanon building which killed over 70 Israeli soldiers and government workers), went through different stations representing emergency organizations including the Israel Police, a firefighting service and the Ministry of the Environment and spoke with Head of Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and other commanders in the corps. At the end of the visit, an honor guard (a ceremonial event) was held in his honor.

“After the Second Lebanon War, the Home Front Command drew important conclusions and there is improvement in preparations for emergency and challenging situations we are likely to face,” said Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi, during the course of the visit. “The Home Front Command is strong, organized and staffed with people fully aware of their responsibilities. I want to thank the Home Front’s Commander, its staff, the soldiers and of course auxiliary organizations like the firefighters, police and Magen David Adom [or Israeli Red Cross], with there is great cooperation,” he said.

The Chief of Staff added that, “It is important to share the experience of a firefighter or a police sapper, who operate under pressure during rescue operations. I was at the fire, I saw everybody sitting together. Today during my visit, I only saw a few of the rescue capacities, how we handle injuries and deal with hazardous materials, and I discovered that we learned lessons from the Carmel fire.”