Israeli model leads to pioneering rescue group
On Nov. 12, more than 50 United Rescue emergency caregivers graduated during a ceremony at Jersey City City Hall hosted by Mayor Steven Fulop.
Based on the Israeli technology and expertise that have made United Hatzalah of Israel highly successful, the inaugural United Rescue program — the nation’s first community-based emergency response program — was launched last summer through a partnership between the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health and Jersey City.
The caregivers completed 60 hours of training from the medical center’s EMS team. All graduates can now respond to 911 medical calls and be dispatched to emergencies quickly to provide care to victims before Jersey City Medical Center ambulances arrive.
At the ceremony, remarks were delivered by Fulop, United Rescue chair Mark Gerson, and United Hatzalah founder Eli Beer, who said, “Celebrating the graduation of 50 new volunteer medics who will help save lives in Jersey City is one of the most rewarding moments I have had. Sharing the Israeli model of lifesaving from United Hatzalah with this new initiative in Jersey City will help all residents and visitors to the city, and will inspire other communities to follow the lead of Mayor Fulop and United Rescue.”