From coordinating, training, funding, equipping, maintaining, and responding, keeping Hatzalah running smoothly is anything but simple. But in a community that values life above all else, there is simply no price too high or effort too real.
Hatzalah EMS was founded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Rabbi Hershel Weber in 1965 with a vision to improve rapid emergency medical response in the community. The idea soon spread to other Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in the New York City area, and eventually across regions, countries, and continents.
Hatzalah is the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States. Manned exclusively by volunteers, we provide pre-hospital emergency medical treatment and transportation to the public, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay.