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The team geared up within seconds, yelling orders as one emergency medical technician settled in the call center to take vital information.Minutes ago, the team had settled in to eat dinner. One of the rules at the center is the team eats together.In this instance, dinner did not resume until 11 p.m., after the team dealt with two back-to-back cases. The Red Cross Spears center, dubbed 101, is located near Sanayeh and was established in 1968, making it the first in Lebanon. Fifty years later, there are 46 Red Cross emergency medical service centers across Lebanon providing first aid, emergency services and transportation in special cases.The shifts run Monday through Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. However, every team has a weekend shift assigned to them, which begins Saturday at 4 p.m. and ends Monday at 6 a.m., totaling 38 hours. First aid responders wear a white shirt with the Red Cross logo, while EMTs don orange outfits.The first aid responders at the center Sunday were doing their first weekend shift.Dan, also an EMT, relies on his team to recenter himself.It's vital for the team to be friends.
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