The Ministerial Committee for Home Front Defense has approved the formation of a new national communications system for all emergency services.
According to a Sunday report in Yedioth Ahronoth, the new system will link Israel's Magen David Adom, Fire and Rescue Services, the police, the IDF's Home Front Command and the Environmental Protection Ministry's Hazardous Material Unit.
Discussions over the need for a universal system date back to the 2006, following the Second Lebanon War, and were part of the State comptroller's report at the time.
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss reiterated the need for a coordinated system in his interim report on the Carmel Fire.
The initial recommendation was for a system linking the police and the Home Front Command, but the committee, headed by Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, decided to include all emergency services.
The national system will afford each emergency entity its own frequency, which will be united into one in case of a nationwide emergency.
The system is expected to become fully operational within four years.
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