My name is Yagel Bar-Kama, I live in Tel Aviv and I like to walk in Park Hayarkon in the mornings. I work as a dog walker in the city and I am often in the park in the mornings walking the dogs I care for. I was walking my first dog back to its house near Pinkas Street by Namir Boulevard when I received a call that there was a car accident right near my location. I ran over and saw that thankfully, there was no one injured.
I hopped on to my ambucycle and went back to the park and I ordered a coffee at a pop-up shop. Just as I was ordering the coffee, I got a call that there was a person with low blood pressure also on Namir Boulevard. I left my coffee and turned around to head back to where I just was. I found an older man in his home suffering from extremely low blood pressure. I prepared an IV for the man and when the ambulance came, I assisted them in transporting the man to the ambulance so that he could be taken to the hospital for further treatment.
Just as I was getting back onto my ambucycle, I received another call on my bluebird from the dispatch that there was a traffic accident between two bicycles. When I arrived, thankfully no one needed medical care. At this point, I realized that I wasn’t going to get back to the park to drink my coffee. Instead, I called a friend of mine to come and have a cup of coffee with me near my house. We sat down to drink the coffee and just as I was taking my first sip, I got another call about an unconscious person in a nursing home right nearby. When I arrived I found an older woman who was conscious but suffering from low oxygen levels and shortness of breath. I treated her and assisted the ambulance team to take her downstairs to the ambulance when it arrived.
We are trained for these things and we get used to living an interrupted life. This is part of what it means to be a volunteer first responder. When something happens, I drop everything and go. Even when you are trying to drink coffee with friends or in the middle of work, if there is an emergency call nearby I rush out. This is why United Hatzalah was created, how it functions, and why it is so successful at reaching the location of an emergency in less than three minutes. The coffee can wait and the friends can wait. An injured or unconscious person can’t wait. I really enjoy volunteering with United Hatzalah and I am proud to be a member of the ambucycle unit. Ever since I’ve received my ambucycle, I can now go to places that I couldn’t get to by car and I can arrive much faster. It is a tool that really helps me provide medical care to the patients faster than I could before.