United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) organization that provides the fastest emergency medical service throughout Israel, and we do it completely free of charge. Our goal is to provide immediate lifesaving medical intervention during the critical window between the onset of an emergency and the arrival of traditional ambulance assistance. United Hatzalah’s services are available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. We have a network of more than 6,500 volunteers across the country, available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – who respond to more than 2,000 emergencies each day. With the help of our innovative GPS-based technology and our iconic ambucycles, we have cut down emergency medical response time in Israel to less than 3 minutes, and in many metropolitan areas, less than 90 seconds.
Our volunteers consist of ordinary citizens who have received full training and become certified first responders, enabling them to administer lifesaving treatment to anyone suffering a medical emergency in their vicinity, including but not limited to their co-workers, neighbors, family members, and also total strangers. When an emergency occurs, every second matters and our selfless volunteers drop whatever they are doing and respond to the emergency in an effort to save lives.
Last year, our highly trained and fully equipped volunteers treated over 675,000 people, and we have treated more than 5,500,000 people since our inception in 2006.