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Chevra Hatzalah Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of the Jersey Shore was established January 2002, though we started responding to calls March 1st 2003. Our coverage area encompasses 7 Municipalities and over 10 square miles. One of the major factors in establishing a Hatzalah branch in the Jersey Shore area was to eradicate the issue of “Border Disputes”, and to give relief to an already overburdened First Aid system in some of the towns. In some instances a patient would have to wait over 30 minutes before help arrived. These were only some of the factors which went into the decision.
Today our fleet consists of 4 state of the art ambulances equipped with all the modern gadgets we need to perform our duties to the fullest. Our membership consists of over 45 trained and certified EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians) from the New Jersey State Department of Health, and some are also Nationally Registered. The entire membership has in the trunks of their cars a Trauma and Oxygen Bag. We are currently the only EMS agency in the area to equip all of its members with an AED (Automated Defibrillator), a much needed asset when you encounter a patient that’s in cardiac arrest. Our state of the art communications include portable two way radios for each of our members. This allows our dispatcher and all the members to keep in constant communication during an emergency. This is all being handled by our 2 repeaters which rebroadcast our conversations at over 100 watts.
The dispatchers of Hatzalah are all trained in house to the specification of Hatzalah Central or what we call “Mother Hatzalah”. These dispatchers 30 in all are the first contact a patient makes when he needs our services. They are a courteous, professional, and caring group of individuals that never get to hear the “Thank you” a patient says when he’s dropped off at the hospital. We hope and pray to Hashem that you never need our services, but in the event that you do you can rest assured that the care you will receive will be second to none.
The Hatzalah Crew