Israeli firefighters undergo Hazmat training in Sweden

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לוחמי אש מתאמנים בטיפול בחומרים מסוכנים במתקן מיוחד בשוודיהTwenty officers and firefighters from Israel’s Fire and Rescue Authority are taking part in a special hazardous materials (Hazmat) course in Sweden. They are also simulating various scenarios comprising controlled exposure to live Hazmat.

The delegation, organized by the Authority’s training department, has been staying at the Swedish rescue training center in Skovde. The delegation of 20 firefighters is comprised of various regional branches. It is led by the commander of Israel’s Hazmat School, Sandra Moskovich.

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The Israeli delegation will exercise exposure to Hazmat such as poisonous gases, flammable liquids, ammonia, acid and toxic base compounds. Moskovich explained the course is designed to improve Israeli Haznat teams’ professional readiness thanks to the training facilities, which enable simulation real scenarios complete with controlled exposure to live chemical substances.

The current plan is to establish similar training facilities at Israel’s own training centers. To facilitate this end, the trainees will visit not only Sweden, but also the UK, as part of formulating the necessary parameters of the planned equipment used in the planned training centers.