What Is United Rescue
United Rescue is a volunteer pre-ambulance emergency care service enabled by GPS technology.
How Does It Work
A central system locates the nearest volunteer through a GPS-enabled app on the volunteer’s phone. The volunteer arrives by foot, bicycle, e-bike or ambu-cycle generally within 3 minutes1 to begin treatment before the ambulance arrives.
Who Makes It Work
Community Based Emergency Caregivers (CBECs) are certified and equipped volunteers ready to respond to 911 medical calls in the moments that separate life from death.
Who Benefits From It
Every victim of trauma (choking, bleeding, heart attacks, strokes) who is near a volunteer CBEC will receive help before the ambulance arrives.
1 United Hatzalah—the organization upon which United Rescue is based—has a response time of three minutes.
The volunteers are ‘normal’ people doing extraordinary things for others, within the framework of their day-to-day lives. It’s always been a childhood dream of mine, even from a young age, to be a volunteer when I saw the volunteers in my community rushing to save lives. United Hatzalah Volunteer Cedric Bollag
United Rescue is based on United Hatzalah in Israel.
Founded in 2006 by Eli Beer.
United Hatzalah responds to 75% of all the emergency calls in Israel.
I have never seen anything like this before. The combination of advanced technology and such a dedicated volunteer corps is amazing to see. All these volunteers need is a smart phone and they are able to lead their lives while saving lives. Mehmet Oz, after visiting United Hatzalah headquarters in Jerusalem
Building Peace Through Saving Lives
It is an unusual sight – Arabs wearing orange vests printed with the red Star of David teaming up with… Orthodox Jews. And the partners have only praise for each other. Forget all the politics and the mess, people need to live. Fadi Bahir, Arab United Hatzalah volunteer