By COLlive Reporter
For a while now, many different organizations have attempted to fill the need for training in Jewish communities around the world to be prepared for crisis. Due to the many complications that surround the issue, nothing came to fruition.
Established just a few months ago, JERO – Jewish Emergency Rescue Organization – which is dedicated to this mission, is already putting together a program to fill this critical need, that has received much positive feedback.
Headed by Ze’ev Soffer, a Lubavitcher from Jerusalem, the organization was established by individuals with years of experience in the medical emergency fields in Israel.
Soffer, who attended the International Conference of Shluchim last month, spoke with hundreds of shluchim on the importance of this course. Only a few days after the kinus, the course took on extra significance as the events in Mumbai unfolded with tragic results.
After the Mumbai terror attacks, the organization stepped up its schedule, to train and educate communities for attacks.
Approximately 300 Chabad Shluchim will be trained through this project, which is available in cities throughout the world. The first course is set to take place in Moscow, under the leadership of Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar.
The organization will offer training in emergency and rescue response, security measures, emergency medical and first aid procedures, search and rescue, and crisis preparation.
Individuals who complete the course will join JERO’s volunteer network, and will be qualified to administer services during emergency or crisis.
JERO is a not-for-profit organization that operates as a partner of “Magen Dovid Adom” – Israel’s Red Cross – and their International Training Center, and is working with top medical emergency personnel from Israel, with experience in disaster casualties.
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