Every day, people die waiting for an ambulance while help could be next door.
Victims of trauma (choking, bleeding, heart attack, stroke) often need medical attention even before the ambulance arrives. Using GPS technology, United Rescue volunteers are able to respond to 911 calls immediately, in the moments that separate life from death.
“We are excited to be the first city in the United States to launch such an innovative, life-saving program… When every second matters, we want to deliver the fastest, best medical service to our residents. This program leverages people who are there… and recognizes that people are inherently good and want to help.”
Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City, NJ
Cities and non-urban areas are challenging to navigate. Ambulance response times in U.S. urban areas average 9-11 minutes.
Average for Major U.S. Cities1
Using GPS technology, trained and equipped United Rescue volunteers are able to respond to medical 911 calls within three minutes.2
United Rescue partners with city governments and community leaders to deploy its GPS enabled service. We provide the technology, help source the capital, and support volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The program is administered by the local emergency authorities in each city.
1 Response time calculations vary among cities. The clock starts either when the call is received, when the dispatcher releases an ambulance, or when the ambulance starts driving to the emergency site
2 United Hatzalah—the organization upon which United Rescue is based—has a response time of three minutes.