FIRE AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT
In many places, fire and rescue services are often the first on the scene of an accident. Firefighters are also often called to non-trauma cases as well, as in when someone injured or ill are unable to unlock the door and fire and rescue teams must find other ways to access the patient.
Realizing the potential in this situation for saving more lives, Keren Yosef undertook the project of introducing the concept of training firefighters to respond to medical and trauma emergencies. Beit Shemesh firefighters were the first in Israel to undergo BLS – EMT training, and after completion they received medical first responder kits and defibrillators. This initiative has already saved several lives and is used as a model for the rest of the country.
What is an SCBA?
A self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is a device worn by firefighters to provide breathable air in an atmosphere that is immediately dangerous to life or health, as in fire or HAZMAT situations.
The term ‘self-contained’ means that the unit is not dependent on a remote supply of breathing gas.
The partnership of Keren Yosef with the Fire-department flourished and as recognition of other needs arose, Keren Yosef has donated other much-needed equipment to the department, including:
Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units enabled the firefighters to work safety for a longer time in HAZMAT (hazardous materials) situations.
Special radio equipment allowed the firefighters a wider range and better quality communication, essential in all fire and HAZMAT situations.
Due to its location by a highway, the many trucks on the road and more, the Beit Shemesh fire and rescue responds to the largest number of car crashes needing extrication in the country. The duration of an extrication depends on many factors including the type of tools available to the firefighters.
Keren Yosef donated special extrication tools which significantly shortened the extrication of trapped injured people from inside their cars.
"The difference between using standard equipment and specialized ones translates into time, and there are many situations where time is exactly what the injured person trapped in the car doesn't have.
There are many people out there who have no idea that they are alive thanks to the special extrication equipment that was donated by Keren Yosef."
-Natan Sultan, FIrefighter/EMT