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Who We Are – Rescuers Without Borders (formerly Hatzalah Yehuda v’Shomron) is a registered Israeli volunteer organization of medics, paramedics and doctors committed to saving lives. We are also a U.S. accredited 501 c 3 non-profit. We operate throughout Israel, concentrating in areas of conflict such as Judea and Samaria, the Old City of Jerusalem, and the periphery of Jerusalem. Because there is no large medical center or hospital in Judea and Samaria and it can take too long for ambulances to arrive from the major population centers. Our volunteers arrive before the ambulances and spell the difference between life and death.
Our History and Our Success
Rescuers Without Borders was founded in 2000 when the Second Intifada began. Together with Magen David Adom, we developed a volunteer training program for paramedics. Today we have over 1500 medics, paramedics and physicians on call throughout Judea and Samaria. We work in coordination with the IDF and Magen David Adom and are involved with training military physicians and combat paramedics. We have a Mobile Training Unit which goes throughout the country for this specific purpose, keeping our medics in top form. We also work with Airborne Rescue and have saved lives in hard-to-reach places like mountain crevices in the Negev.
How We Operate
In Yehuda and Shomron, there are no police or emergency medical services. When a car accident or terror event occurs, whoever is able calls the emergency security number or Magen David Adom, whichever number they know. From there, our medics are alerted and the army is alerted as well. Our closest rescuers are notified and rush to the scene. Because our medics live in Yehuda and Shomron, they are always somewhere close by so they arrive quickly and treat the victims early. Our medics travel by foot or in their own vehicles, with their medical bags with them. These bags have everything needed for a medical emergency; bandages, tourniquet, burn kit, birthing kit, oxygen, and more. Paramedics have insulin and a defibrillator.
By the time the ambulance arrives, the victim has been stabilized and his chances of a successful recovery are high.
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