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Dream team

— Israel


Israel’s National Search and Rescue Unit, made up entirely of volunteers, is always one of the first teams to arrive in major disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti.

Search and Rescue, emergency response

Israel’s expertise in responding to terrorist attacks means it is also among the best in the world at providing rapid relief after natural disasters. Its National Search and Rescue Unit – part of Israeli Defence Force – was one of the first to reach Haiti within days of the earthquake in January. And the field hospital they set up there – capable of treating 500 patients a day, was dubbed by the international media “the Rolls-Royce of all field hospitals”.

The unit is made up of several hundred elite reserve soldiers, around 100 of whom are on…


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