Chevra Hatzalah, a non-profit corporation, is the largest all-volunteer Ambulance Service in the United States, providing premium quality pre-hospital emergency medical treatment and transportation at no cost to all who need it, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Chevra Hatzalah, which was founded in NYC in 1965, has become a model for similar Hatzalah rescue and ambulance services throughout the world.
Chevra Hatzalah is world-renowned for providing the public with the following exemplary services:
● Chevra Hatzalah responds to over 75,000 medical emergencies. The organization’s "legendary" response time averages between 2 to 4 minutes, precious time that saves lives. Chevra Hatzalah has over 60 ambulances in operation throughout the Greater NY Metropolitan Area and various counties in Upstate NY.
● A civilian army, all volunteers, of over one thousand emergency medical technicians, paramedics, physician assistants and MDs are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, throughout the Greater NY Metropolitan Area and areas of Upstate NY. All volunteer emergency care providers are also trained in search and rescue.
● Chevra Hatzalah dispatchers are specially trained volunteers who use Hatzalah’s own unique state-of-the-art Computer Aided Dispatch System to determine the exact location of the patient. Chevra Hatzalah Volunteers can instantly communicate with the Hatzalah dispatch center using high quality Motorola radios.
● Chevra Hatzalah volunteers put their life on pause to respond to emergency calls, often leaving their jobs, homes, Shabbos meals, Pesach Seders, children's graduation ceremonies and warm beds to save lives.
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