Tag Archives: Psychotrauma

Jaffa Explosion – Perspective From a First Responder

One of the most difficult things to do as a first responder is to prepare yourself mentally for the situation that you are about to walk into. There are so many variables and so many unknowns that take place in … Continue reading

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Israel Rescue Coalition and United Hatzalah Team Helps Evacuees in Atlanta and Savannah Before Heading to Florida

The Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah (UH) Search and Rescue team that departed Israel on Saturday night landed in Atlanta early Sunday morning. The team stocked up on supplies to bring to battered Florida but was grounded due … Continue reading

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Israeli Volunteer Doctor Talks About Her Experiences Helping People in Texas After Harvey

My name is Dr. Miriam Staub and I was one of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response team members that were sent to help evacuees in Houston by the Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah (UH). While in the Houston … Continue reading

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IRC and United Hatzalah Sending Search and Rescue, EMS and Psychotrauma Teams To Florida In Response to Irma

On Thursday at 9:30 a.m. the directorship of the Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) met in order to make plans for deployment to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Members of Israel’s Search and Rescue Units, as well as medical … Continue reading

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United Hatzalah Inaugurates New Ambulance for Psychotrauma Unit and Central Jerusalem

On Friday morning, at the Wolfson buildings on Diskin Street,  United Hatzalah inaugurated a new ambulance. “The new ambulance will be a dual purpose ambulance,” said Miriam Ballin, Director of the organization’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit. “The ambulance will … Continue reading

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Helping Others Cope With Tragedy – The Story of Tobi Friedman

Israel Independence Day, just after noon – “Today I got a call that put what is important to me into perspective. As I was just beginning my family barbecue in honor of Israel’s Independence Day, I received an emergency call … Continue reading

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Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit Responds to Yom Ha’atzmaut Fatality

The Kiryat Gat Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel have gotten used to seeing United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit in action over the past few months, so said Team Leader Yaakov Weinberg in a thank you note to the … Continue reading

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United Hatzalah Welcomes Newest Recruit and First Member of Psychotrauma K-9 Unit

Trauma’s New Best Friend United Hatzalah Welcomes Newest Recruit and First Member of Psychotrauma K-9 Unit On Sunday, Israel’s EMS Psychotrauma Unit welcomed its newest member who has four paws and is named Lucy. Lucy got her paws wet, so … Continue reading

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EMT Astounded by Seeing Psychotrauma Crisis and Response Unit In Action

“It takes a lot to truly surprise me. I’ve been an EMT for years and I have seen a lot of trauma. From car accidents to sudden infant deaths, terror attacks, and many other medical emergencies. As a first responder … Continue reading

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In mass terror attacks, psychologists on the heels of EMTs

First responders include trained psychologists and social workers to help witnesses reconnect to reality in the face of trauma As reported by the Times of Israel Emergency first responders weren’t the only people speeding towards the terror attack on the … Continue reading

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