Israel’s all-volunteer EMS organization United Hatzalah is making waves in Israel this week as the emergency response group has launched its fleet of ALS (Advanced Life Support) custom designed ambucycles.
What is more amazing is that the design on the new high-tech emergency response vehicle was created in house by United Hatzalah’s own volunteers, who were given a “blank check” to design, purchase and accessorize the one of the most important lifesaving tools available to its volunteers.
United Hatzalah asked their ambucycle volunteers how to best improve their fleet of lifesaving vehicles and adapt them to better serve the paramedics, EMT’s and their patients who are in need of fast an efficient emergency medical care.
Ambucycle paramedics and EMTs, Oren Kainar, Daniel Ben Simon, Shemi Kalbo, Itzik Bar Lev responded to the call and spent hours designing the new version of the ambucycle from scratch. By adapting existing features to new, more useful ones, United Hatzalah volunteers are able to save valuable lifesaving seconds when responding to emergencies as well as carry more emergency equipment that can make the difference between life and death in the field.
Itzik Chachmon, a United Hatzalah paramedic supervisor from Beit Dagan, who was directly involved in the project, described to Breaking Israel News some of the new features of the ambucycle.
According to Chachmon, the new and improved ambucycle features a brighter, hi-contrast color scheme, louder sirens, stronger brakes, and more powerful engine. These features increase the safety of the responding medics, while at the same time allowing ambucycle drivers to cut through traffic more effectively and reach the emergency that much faster.
The ambucycles contain new storage compartments which slide out, allowing for quicker and more efficient access of the medical equipment needed for that particular call. In terms of medical equipment, this design eliminates the need to stow bulky and redundant bags of medical supplies on the motorcycle as well as having a clearly marked, dedicated compartment for the AED.
“No other emergency organization does this. Who lets the volunteer responders decide what is best for their own team?” Chachmon told Breaking Israel News. “I have been in the field of emergency medicine professionally for my entire career but my volunteer efforts at United Hatzalah have been the most fulfilling. It is truly world class, and the collaborative work we do is so unique.”
“I am extremely happy to be working here. If there is one word to describe this organization, it is ‘incredible’. People volunteer and work here to save lives every day. We were given complete autonomy to ‘reinvent the wheel’, and we did. I don’t know of another organization that gives that chance to their workers.”
Chachmon spoke very highly of the multidisciplinary team that helped bring this new project to fruition, especially Director of the Transport Division of United Hatzalah Avi Simchon, who was very involved in bringing the new ambucycles to life.
The first three ambucycles are only a few days old, having been inaugurated into the United Hatzalah fleet just last week and are already saving lives as they protect the lives of the protectors. In the future, all newly built United Hatzalah ambucycles will follow the parameters set forth by the organizations volunteer design committee.