Magen David Adom (MDA) has for the first time dispatched two medical buses to Meron for Lag B'Omer.
This year, due to the coronavirus epidemic, only 150 people will be allowed to visit Meron for the festival instead of the tens of thousands who visit the holy site every year,
As part of the preparations MDA teams will arrive with two buses, six ambulances, two intensive care vehicles, a command vehicle and other dedicated emergency vehicles on the ground, with MDA paramedics ready to respond quickly and professionally to every call they receive.
This year, two medical buses will be made available to the medical teams, which were built with the assistance of Assam Nestle, Dan and Merkabim. Similar buses have been developed in recent weeks by the IDF in light of the coronavirus crisis.
The buses will allow up to 13 patients to be evacuated at a time, with two of them in the middle of the bus, which was designed to accomodate intensive care patients, while 11 others are seated in the back. If needed, the bus can be used to transport up to 14 paramedics to the scene of an accident.
MDA CEO Eli Bin said: "Every year, the gathering at Meron is one of the most prominent public events that MDA is required to attend. This year, due to the spread of the coronavirus and the need to prevent large gatherings, it will be held with only a few dozen participants on hand, accompanied by medical staff and two special MDA buses, which will provide intensive care and evacuation if needed. I urge participants to abide by Health Ministry guidelines, to watch themselves and those around them, and assist with the national effort to maintain public health."