Who are we - United Hatzalah
United Hatzalah of Israel is an independent non-profit fully volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Organization that assists in responding to medical emergencies throughout Israel. The primary role of United Hatzalah volunteers - trained and certified as EMTs, Paramedics and MD’s - is to provide an immediate response within 2-4 minutes from the onset of an incident: establishing a life-saving bridge of medical care; transmitting vital information to control centers and once the local ambulance service arrives, working alongside its crew to enable a swift transfer to hospital. United Hatzalah's education department is an innovative leader in the fields of public health, safety and accident prevention training.
During the course of their individual routine schedules, our more than 1,500 carefully selected volunteers carry their advanced emergency and communication equipment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Within seconds from dispatch, volunteers closest to the victim race to the scene to offer the required medical assistance.
Research has shown, time and again, that no matter how advanced the medical centers, if the severely ill or injured person does not receive adequate treatment within the first 5 minutes after an event, he or she has a far poorer chance of full recovery. Furthermore, the quality of treatment administered in those first precious moments plays a pivotal role in the degree of recuperation of those who do make it to the emergency room.
Since our inception, hundreds of thousands of victims - suffering from cardiac arrests, respiratory diseases, car accidents, terrorist attacks and countless other medical emergencies - owe their lives to the immediate response time of Hatzalah medics.
The secret to Hatzalah’s success lies in the widespread geographic distribution of our first-responders. The volunteers are ordinary citizens, coming from all sectors of Israeli society, living, working and studying in virtually every town and community throughout Israel.