Specially outfitted with distinctive United Hatzalah decals and markings, a siren and flashing lights, and a full supply of medical first aid equipment.


Without doubt, the ambucycle is United Hatzalah’s biggest contribution to emergency first response. Ambucycles are motorcycles used by United Hatzalah’s volunteers throughout Israel to make sure they get to emergencies within the first few minutes. Ambucycles, due to their size, are not held up by traffic jams or narrow streets, unlike cars and ambulances. Ambucycles have an attached first-aid case that is designed to hold all the necessary medical equipment. No matter where a volunteer is, s/he is always ready to leave whatever s/he is doing, get on his or her ambucycle, turn on the sirens, and race to an emergency. Thanks to these distinctive motorcycles and United Hatzalah’s unique LifeCompass technology, the average response time of an ambucycle medic is 3 minutes, and in city centers it decreases to 90 seconds. United Hatzalah currently operates around 1,000 Ambucycles.

AMBUCAR    $54,000

The ambucycle is not fitting for every volunteer. The ambucar exists for those who need a form of transportation but do not want to or are unable to ride an ambucycle. United Hatzalah’s fleet of Ambucars – rapid response licensed emergency response cars fitted with sirens and emergency lights – fill the operational gap between ambulances and Ambucycles. This enables our volunteer medics to carry all the medical gear found in an ambulance while going about their daily routine. While Ambucycles facilitate the fast arrival of volunteers to the scene, Ambucars ensure the arrival of professional volunteers such as doctors and nurses, who often prefer cars over motorcycles for their daily commute, to provide advanced life saving treatment until the arrival of an ambulance. With additional seating and storage, Ambucars allow United Hatzalah’s regional directors, MCI coordinators, and dispatch personnel to carry additional equipment, including mobile dispatch cases, search and rescue (SAR) equipment, reserve medical equipment, and command post tents, which facilitate the setup of fully operational command posts and field hospitals at any location.

AMBULANCE    $180,000

United Hatzalah volunteer medics respond within seconds from the onset of any incident. An ambulance is dispatched and races to the scene to help save yet another life. It brings a broad array of emergency medical equipment, medicines, and bandages. Most importantly, it brings a caring and committed team of medics who will treat, stabilize, and transport the patient to the nearest appropriate medical facility.


Whereas Ambucycles are the key to rapid response in urban environments, there are plenty of places in Israel that cannot be approached by cars or motorcycles; mountain paths and desert roads, among others, are difficult to approach, but emergencies can occur in these places as well. That is why United Hatzalah has 28 Ambutractors stationed around the country and uses them for rescue operations requiring a different, more powerful 4-wheel vehicle to save those in trouble. The ambutractor is a 4 wheel drive made for desert landscape, with a hard shell roof and a front seat that folds down enabling a full size medical cot for transport. The ambutractor is a practical method to respond, treat, and evacuate a missing or injured person. It quickly locates victims in forests, deserts, and rough terrains. The Ambutractor is used in hilly, rocky, and wooded areas where there is rugged terrain, and/or where there are high incidents of search and rescue operations.


United Hatzalah also has a small fleet stationed on Israel’s biggest lake, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). While seemingly small and harmless, the Kinneret can become dangerous, especially when swimmers are not paying attention to its tidal waves. United Hatzalah has a Rescue Boat and two jet skis stationed in Tiberias, with a group of local volunteers trained as rescue divers who are qualified to enter the lake to save lives.