Hatzolah of Philadelphia is a 100% volunteer EMT organization that relies completely on the generous support of the community in order to provide its services.
While we are supported and staffed by the Jewish community, Hatzolah prides itself on the fact that it provides care at no cost equally to all in need regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.
Hatzolah is designed to take advantage of those few precious minutes during which immediate and proper care may mean the difference between a patient's successful outcome let alone their survival.
Although our local Fire-EMS departments provide top notch care, they may not be in a position to respond within those crucial first few minutes. Since our volunteers are local and spread throughout the communities that we serve, our Hatzolah volunteers will often be there within minutes of the call coming in via our dispatchers. Hatzalah on a national level has a consistent track record of response times far below the national average, usually within two to four minutes during daytime hours.
24 Hours A Day • 7 Days A Week • 365 Days A Year
The mission of every branch of Hatzolah is to safeguard the lives of the people in its community. This is done by providing the highest quality pre-hospital medical care, enhancing existing medical services using the latest equipment, all while adhering to accepted halachic (Jewish law) guidelines.
Expedited lifesaving intervention
Preventing additional injury and/or further deterioration of the patient's health and well being
Stabilizing the patient
Providing comfort to the patient
Transfer patient care
Stand by ready to render any assistance that might be required
One unique aspect of the professionals that make up the Hatzolah team is that the vast majority is fluently multilingual:
This unusual linguistic advantage will be able to proactively break common language barriers for the North-East Philadelphia demographic and provide additional comfort and emotional support while lifesaving measures are being taken.