Located just six miles from Israel's border with Lebanon,Galilee Medical Centeris always ready to provide critical care for northern Israel.

Today we conducted a joint exercise simulating handling a mass casualty incident that involves chemical agents and results in multiple casualties with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Home Front Command and emergency first responders including police, fire and Magen David Adom (MDA) Israel's ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief

During the exercise, management monitored reports of the fires raging in Haifa and Director General Dr. Masad Barhoum, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, other hospitals and the various health funds, ordered that our emergency room prepare to receive casualties from Haifa and its surroundings.

Photo:Amir Yarchi