As an Israeli, the horrible bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013 couldn’t help but remind me of similar events happening back in my homeland. “Oh absolutely, absolutely this is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in Baghdad, or Israel or some other tragic place in the world,” said Alasdair Conn, Chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. See full Article
Israel has a history of fighting terrorism and thanks to the close relationship between our countries, Boston was able to benefit from the Israeli experiences with such events. “About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of manner,” said Alasdair Conn. Israel’s role in helping Boston prepare for a terrorist attack helped the team of physicians be successful in efforts to react quickly and effectively while saving the lives of those injured.
I have learned that fighting terrorism, living through bombings, and attacks is indeed a global issue, and not one that is unique to just one region. Nevertheless, I am feeling safer than ever knowing that governments are more prepared for these kinds of issues, and individuals, who have the capacity to do so, use organizations such as APF to be more educated and prepared when disaster strikes.