Hatzolah gets a new first responder vehicle

March 14, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Hatzolah has taken delivery of its new response vehicle which was generously donated by Sydney’s Wolper Jewish Hospital.

Daniel Goulburn and Rabbi Mendy Litzman

The new, larger vehicle enables Hatzolah to carry extra equipment and is kitted out with specialised scene lighting allowing the service to operate optimally at calls to outdoor locations after dark.

There are also extra radios and batteries on board, and space to house extra supplies.

“The new vehicle is able to carry more equipment and can be used to re-stock our other vehicles while on-scene, making us more ready to respond when we are needed,” said Rabbi Mendy Litzman, founder and President of Hatzolah Sydney.

The new specially appointed Toyota Prado went into action just hours after Rabbi Litzman picked the vehicle up, attending a cardiac arrest victim. “We were on the scene literally within 5 minutes of taking the call from Ambulance NSW,” said the Rabbi.

In May 2014, Hatzolah became an accredited NSW Ambulance Community First Responder (CFR) unit, enabling it to respond as a back-up to paramedics during medical emergencies.

Since then Hatzolah’s partnership with the Ambulance Service has extended with the Service relying heavily on Hatzolah to respond to all cardiac incidents across the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Wolper Jewish Hospital has been a long-time supporter of Hatzolah, this being the second vehicle the Hospital has supplied to them. In total the service now has three active response vehicles.

Daniel Goulburn OAM, President of Wolper Jewish Hospital said, “Wolper’s association with Hatzolah dates back many years to when Rabbi Litzman approached the Hospital to support the establishment of the organisation. The Board immediately saw Hatzolah as an important community health initiative. We are proud to continue our support of, and association with, them. “

Rabbi Litzman was extremely proud to show Goulburn the new vehicle at Wolper the morning after taking delivery. “Everyone at Hatzolah is extremely happy and thankful that Wolper is continuing to sponsor us”.

What you need to know about Hatzolah:

  • Residents of Sydney’s eastern suburbs should save Hatzolah’s number in their emergency directories-
    9371 2222.
  • Hatzolah is an all-volunteer emergency medical services organisation staffed by male Jewish Orthodox Emergency medical technicians and Paramedics.
  • Hatzolah responders are on stand-by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including Shabbat and Yom Tovim.
  • Call Hatzolah for all medical emergencies. Hatzolah responders will then contact an ambulance if needed.
  • Hatzolah is a free service to all members of the community.

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