Ten members of Uman’s Breslov community who fled to Israel at the onset of the war trained to become EMTs with United Hatzalah in hopes of returning to Ukraine and assist their community. 

On Thursday last week, a very special EMT training course celebrated its graduation ceremony. The course was specially designed for members of the Breslev community in Uman who had fled Ukraine during the onset of the war with Russia. The course was held in Jerusalem and was completed last week, 6 months after the beginning of the fighting in the country.

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The new EMTs at United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command center, together with the course instructors

Taught by United Hatzalah’s dedicated instructors Yechiel Mayberg and Uriel Amrani, the aim of the special course was to strengthen emergency medical response in and around the community of Uman and to lower the response time to medical emergencies. The newly graduated EMTs, all hope to return to Uman soon and assist in the region in light of the country’s new reality.

In attendance at the graduation ceremony, was United Hatzalah’s Vice President of Volunteer Operations Eliezer Hyman, who thanked the graduates for their dedication: “You came to Israel and invested your time and efforts in order to learn how to give the most professional response to medical emergencies in Uman and throughout Ukraine. Your actions are worthy of the highest praise. You are the latest reinforcement to United Hatzalah’s extensive activities in Ukraine since the beginning of the war.” 

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The new EMTs celebrate the completion of their course, together with the instructors

Deputy head of the Uman chapter of United Hatzalah Aharon Ben Harush said: “Our activities in Uman and throughout Ukraine start upon receiving news of the emergency and only end when the patient is discharged from hospital. Our dedicated team of volunteers accompanies the patient at the hospital in order to assist them with any language difficulties and help the patient throughout the course of the medical treatment. We are delighted to see new EMTs join the chapter in these challenging times.” 

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