Dramatic scenes in Jerusalem have attracted large crowds, as flaming vehicles burned in the street and casualties were rescued from smoke-filled houses.
CU Burning car PULL BACK TO SHOW ambulance and fire engines arriving
SV Fire engine pulls up PAN TO smoking house
LV Rescuers raising ladder up to wall
SV Firemen hosing down fire
CU PAN Rescuer climbing ladder into building
SV Rescuers pulling chute into window
SV Man being lowered in ???
LV & SV Man coming down rescue chute (2 shots)
LV Stretcher being lowered; men unhitch it and carry it away (2 shots)
LV Ambulance arrives
SV Men carrying stretchers (2 shots)
LV Ambulance driving away
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Background: Dramatic scenes in Jerusalem have attracted large crowds, as flaming vehicles burned in the street and casualties were rescued from smoke-filled houses.
SYNOPSIS: But though the situation may have looked alarming to bystanders, there was no danger of any kind. The entire spectacle was a preplanned official exercise to test the training of Civil Defence volunteers.
The city's civil defence unit also tried out new equipment and rescue techniques and the authorities encouraged the public to watch. At present, throughout Israel, there are campaigns showing the value of work by volunteers such as these, especially in a country never free from the threat of attack.
Rescues such as these can be especially difficult in Jerusalem's Old City where access to buildings is often along alleys too narrow for vehicles.
Recently Israeli authorities have voiced concern at bombings and arson in shops and warehouses around the country -- acts which they believe to be the work of organised crime groups. The civil defence volunteers have the training to help the authorities deal with such attacks.