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Civil Defence Volunteers In Lebanon

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Every time a major fire erupts in Lebanon like the one that destroyed the Safra Carpet Factory, the issue of crisis management and the effectiveness of rescue units is raised. Why were the fire trucks late? Why didn’t they have the proper material to extinguish the fire? Why don’t we have advanced equipment? Who’s responsible for all that?

The truth is the Lebanese Civil Defence unit is made out of volunteers and is funded and administered by the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities. These volunteers are brave Lebanese who are willingly fighting for our safety and jeopardizing their lives sometimes. However and despite their utmost importance, the fire brigades lack funding, equipment, training and personnel in Lebanon. I have no idea why the Ministry or the government doesn’t assign a proper budget for these vital units but this behavior is undermining their work and sending out the wrong image to people.

Having said that, and in an attempt to raise awareness and share the Civil Defence work with people, members of five different fire brigades in Lebanon (Rass Beirut, Jounieh, Zouk, Faraya and Tripoli) have created a Facebook page where they share their everyday experiences and show us how difficult and challenging it can get for them. More importantly, they want people to memorize the emergency hotline 125 because believe it or not, a lot of Lebanese don’t know it yet.

I think it’s a nice initiative and a good start to reach out to the Lebanese Online Community and get them to interact with these courageous workers.

Check out the Facebook Page, Like it and spread the message.

PS: I am going to ask the Civil Defence if I could spend a whole day with them and share it with you guys.

Dominique Hourani At The Shooting Range

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Not only she’s hot but she’s a good shot as well.

The article that originally shared this video criticized Dominique for not setting the right example to her fans by promoting guns and pistols. I do agree that it’s not the best thing to do but at least she’s firing in a shooting range and not in her backyard like other Lebanese models are doing.

What To Do After an Explosion Or A Terrorist Attack

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Whenever an explosion takes places in Lebanon, and unfortunately there’s been way too many this year, people tend to react the wrong way by rushing towards the bombsite. Even though the intention is to help the victims and take them to the nearest hospital, such a reaction could be life-threatening specially when a second event occurs.

This is exactly what happened outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut few days ago, when the first suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt at the embassy’s entrance only to be followed few minutes later by a second explosion caused by another bomber detonating his 60KG explosives-rigged Trail Blazer.

Here’s a list of guidelines that should be followed whenever an explosion takes places, as communicated by the Red Cross in Lebanon and based on some online findings:

If you are near the bombing:
– Leave the area immediately. Stay Alert and Away from the bombsite as one event can be followed by another.
– Avoid crowds. Crowds of people may be targeted for a second attack.
– Avoid unattended cars and trucks as they may contain explosives.
– Stay away from damaged buildings to avoid falling glass and bricks.
– Clear the way for rescue units and security forces.
– Wait for the Red Cross and the Civil Defense units to evacuate the victims. Some of them can be treated on the spot and don’t require moving to a hospital.
– Stay away from the crime scene as walking around it could jeopardize the collection and preservation of evidence.

If you are inside a building:
– Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases, and electrical equipment. Instead go to a safe room and hide properly.
– Don’t step out on the balcony.
– Keep the fire extinguisher next to you just in case a fire erupts.
– Open doors carefully; Watch for falling objects.
– Do not use elevators.