- United Hatzalah is an organization of over 3,000 volunteers (medics, paramedics and doctors) who provide an immediate response within minutes of any medical incident for free. United Hatzalah volunteers respond to more than 200,000 calls per year throughout Israel, saving lives every day.
- United Hatzalah’s volunteers are medics, paramedics or doctors – secular and religious, male and female, Jewish and non-Jewish. All emergency calls are responded to and treated regardless of religion, ethnicity, and gender.
- United Hatzalah volunteers provide lifesaving medical care on the scene of emergencies prior to the arrival of an ambulance. United Hatzalah medics arrive on average, within 2-4 minutes of the call for help.United Hatzalah medics treat and stabilize the patient and then cooperate with the arriving ambulance crew, which typically arrives 8-10 minutes after the initial call for help. In outlying areas, the wait for an ambulance can be significantly longer.
- United Hatzalah volunteers rapidly provide treatment and stabilization of the patient, and then integrate with the arriving ambulance crew to assist in the swift and efficient continuation of care and evacuation to a hospital.
United Hatzalah also serves an important function of calling off ambulances for those cases when they are summoned but not needed. This frees the limited number of ambulances to respond more rapidly to true emergencies.
- First responder volunteers begin treatment in order to stabilize a patient's condition. Receiving initial treatment within 3 minutes of the incident assures a higher chance of survival in critical situations, and speedier recovery for many other injuries and illnesses. Brain death and permanent death transpires 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. A victim's chances of survival are reduced by 7% to 10% with every minute that passes without defibrillation and advanced life support intervention.
- In many places, Hatzalah is used by the local Jewish community as an alternative EMS service for the Jewish community. There is an informal brotherhood of independent Hatzalah organizations throughout the world. They each operate according to the protocols of their own respective medical and executive boards. In Israel, United Hatzalah complements the existing emergency medical service organizations and has volunteers from all walks of life.
- United Hatzalah arrives within the first critical minutes of an emergency, thanks to its community-based response system, ambucycles, and the LifeCompass System. Treating victims in this crucial time frame minimizes-- potential brain damage and other serious threats, and often results in lives being saved.
- United Hatzalah medics are dispersed throughout Israel and serve in the areas where they work, study and live. As soon as United Hatzalah’s dispatch receives an emergency call, the LifeCompass System immediately identifies the volunteers closest to the incident. A volunteer could be working in an office building downtown and might receive a call to help a heart attack victim from the very same building.
- All United Hatzalah first responders are trained and certified as EMTs, Paramedics or MD's by the existing medical training authorities under the supervision of the Israeli Ministry of Health.
- Annually, United Hatzalah responds to more than 211,000 emergency calls, of which approximately 25% are critical lifesaving situations.
- The government does provide limited funding and local municipalities provide project related support. The majority of United Hatzalah's support comes from individuals and foundations in Israel and internationally.
- Unlike Israeli ambulance companies, United Hatzalah does NOT charge for its services and does not pay its volunteers. We work out of passion and dedication – all our equipment is provided by donations.
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Call us at 646-833-7108 in the US or +972-2-500-2020 in Israel.
Donations in the US can be made out and mailed to Friends of United Hatzalah
208 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
Donations in Israel can be made out and mailed to United Hatzalah of Israel
78 Yirmiyahu Street
- United Hatzalah relies on the generosity of individuals, federations, foundations and other charitable organizations around the world.
- United Hatzalah is NOT a political organization. Although we have volunteers from all sectors of Israeli society, we do not promote any political agenda. The only goal of United Hatzalah is that of saving lives.
- United Hatzalah was established based on the Jewish value of the sanctity of life and on the well-known Hatzoleh model, working within larger Jewish communities around the world. United Hatzalah volunteers come from all walks of life, religious and secular, Jewish and non-Jewish, male and female. Patients are treated regardless of to race, religion, ethnicity.
- United Hatzalah's 2015 budget was $12.5 million. Of this amount, approximately 92.4% was applied directly to the organization's services (training, vehicles, equipment, volunteer activities) and approximately 7.6% was applied to organizational management. Click here to review our 990 for 2015 (PDF) and click here to review our Audited Financials.
Friends of United Hatzalah supports life saving organizations in Israel including United Hatzalah of Israel and Israel Life, which collectively use the power of volunteer medics and innovative GPS technology to arrive at emergencies within 3 minutes.
Friends of United Hatzalah is the largest funder internationally of United Hatzalah of Israel. All funds donated go directly to life saving activity in Israel.
- We do not process refunds since all funds donated go directly to life saving activity in Israel. However if you have a question regarding your donation, please contact office@IsraelRescue.org