The IDF’s 188 Armored Division held a large-scale exercise on the Golan Heights on Wednesday, simulating the airlift of a large group of wounded soldiers to hospital.
Capt. Dean Nahman, medical officer for the 188 Division, said the drill was aimed at ensuring the fastest possible airlift of soldiers, in Yasur transport helicopters, following a mass-casualty incident that could occur during routine times or in a state of conflict.
“Airlifts are the fastest ways to get soldiers to hospital. This is not like a [civilian] Magen David Adom paramedic evacuation,” Nahman said. “We need to tell the helicopters where to land, and to place units around, to secure them against enemies armed with threats, like antitank missiles. We have to coordinate with the air force and artillery units. The whole of the division took part,” he added.