Published On: Sun, Mar 6th, 2016

United Rescue nominated as one of world’s best EMS groundbreaking innovators

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United Rescue, the sister organization of United Hatzalah in Israel, was recognized for its achievement in launching the first ever community-based emergency response program in the United States. The program was launched in Jersey City in partnership with Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health (JCMC).

United Rescue collaborated with JCMC which received the EMS 10 award. The prestigious award is given to the top ten innovative organizations in the EMS field.
The mobile-app based volunteer pre-ambulance emergency medical care service had lounched in November with first 51 participants of the United Rescue program graduated.

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), recognized JCMC and United Rescue as the top innovators who have driven the EMS practice to a higher level in 2015.

This award comes just months after United Rescue launched the nation’s first community-based emergency medical response program in partnership with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and JCMC.

United Rescue volunteers who are known as Community Based Emergency Caregivers (CBECs), have been certified and equipped through a partnership with JCMC to respond to 911 medical calls and arrive within three minutes of the original call time. Their response time is faster than ambulance services and the first-aid treatment that the CBEC’s give before the ambulance arrives often saves the lives of the injured and wounded.

As part of the United Rescue program, each CBEC volunteer completes 60 hours of medical training and is then linked to a dispatch system using a GPS-based mobile app. When an emergency call is received, a central dispatch system locates the nearest and most appropriately equipped volunteers to a given emergency and dispatches them using the GPS-enabled mobile application.


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