Magen David Adom has over 100 First Aid Stations deployed throughout the country, from Metulla in the north to Eilat in the South.
These First Aid Stations serve as bases for most of MDA’s ambulance fleet, plus almost 30 four-wheel drive ambulances, over 100 MICU’s (Mobile Intensive Care Units) and ICA’s (Intensive Care Ambulances) and 20 MRCV’s (Multi-Casualty Response Vehicles).
Eleven of these stations serve as regional communications dispatch centres.
As part of its fundraising efforts Magen David Adom Australia has undertaken the following projects:
The construction of M.D.A.Station, Yokneam, Galilee, northern Israel
Built at a cost of: AUS $ 1,500,000
Became Operational: 29th June 2009
A mezuzah-affixing ceremony, held on 29th June 2009, marked MDA Australia-sponsored MDA Yokneam Station becoming fully operational.
The Station, made possible through the generosity of donors around Australia, will service the City of Yokneam, located at the base of the Carmel Mountains, 21 kms from Haifa, with a population of over 20,000 which, over the next ten years, is expected to grow to over 60,000. It is one of the most rapidly growing cities in Israel.
Highway 6, a major Israeli artery, crosses through Yokneam and the new station’s site, adjacent to Highway 6 and Road 70, ensures accessibility to all roads and towns in the Yokneam vicinity.
The site for the new station has been generously donated by the Council of Yokneam.
The structure of the building emphasises its functionality. It is simple, clean and identifiable, comprising a long, rectangular, brick building with a big arch from which the ambulances are despatched. The Station’s strategic location, together with its specific design, saves precious seconds by placing the ambulances in the front, facing outwards.
The refurbishment of M.D.A.Station, Krayot, northern suburbs, Haifa
Cost of Renovations: AUS $ 250,000
Renovation Commencement: We are currently raising funds for this project!
In order for this station to maintain an optimum level of operation and to cope with
the projected growth in demand on its services, the following items are included in this
- replacement and relocation of electrical generator
- upgrading of public blood donation facilities
- repainting of station interior and exterior
- upgrading of electrical systems
- upgrading of plumbing systems
- upgrading of air-conditioning
- upgrading of damp prevention
MDA Station Krayot originally went into service on 11th October 1988, having been constructed with funds raised and provided jointly by Magen David Adom Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales.
Establishment of this Station enabled the opening of a MDA Mobile Intensive Care Unit Centre serving Krayot and the surrounding area. During the past twelve months, this station has responded to around 12,600 operational activities – involving both standard ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Units.
In 2005, after 18 years’ service, the station underwent refurbishment.
And thanks to supporters of MDA Western Australia, in 2008, the station was newly refurnished.
And now, three years later, more refurbishment is needed to cope with the increasing demand on this station.