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Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Fire Department Declines Help From Hatzolah Of LA

Published on: February 11, 2019 03:42 PM
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Los Angeles, CA - Hatzolah has received pushback from the Los Angeles Fire Department and its firefighters’ union as the Orthodox Jewish emergency response service has tried to obtain a license from a county agency.

The service wants to transport noncritical patients to or from a medical facility and respond with ambulances to emergency calls using lights and sirens. Across the United States, independent chapters of this type of Jewish emergency response service have formed agreements with city agencies to respond, free of charge, to emergencies, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, which is the only entity that can respond to 911-type calls designated as Code 3, or requiring lights and sirens, said that allowing another entity to respond to emergencies creates a public safety issue.

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Hatzolah’s practice of alerting 911 to emergencies while sending its own responders to a scene without authorization is in violation of the Los Angeles County code, the group was told during a licensing hearing last month.

Hatzolah is asking for an exception from the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, saying that volunteers who speak Hebrew, Yiddish or Farsi act as translators for firefighters and are trained on how to apply Jewish law when responding to emergencies on the Sabbath. In addition, the service said its response time is faster because its volunteers live in the neighborhoods where the calls are coming from.

The service even with the license would be prohibited from performing more than basic life support, like CPR, or responding and transporting patients during medical emergencies, like a stroke, heart attack or shooting, according to the Times.

Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol has certified Hatzolah as an ambulance company, which allows it to drive Code 3 to a call. Each city and county may institute additional regulations, however, as Los Angeles has done.



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 Feb 11, 2019 at 05:01 PM Anonymous Says:

TYPICAL LEFTIST LAWS. I WANT HATZOLACHA TO COME FIRST BECAUSE THEY COME A YIDDISH HEARTZS

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 06:16 PM Secular Says:

Hatzola in Los Angeles is useless.
There aren’t any trained paramedics only EMT . They also have very few volunteers to cover such a wide area as is Los Angeles (county). As it is LAFD has a very good response time. Moreover, Hatzola are ill equipped to handle critical calls (unlike in the east coast). In LA, if you call Hatzola they will direct you to call 911.

Unfortunately that is the sad truth.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 08:51 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

There is no need for a cowboy ambulance service.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
PaulinSaudi Says:

There is no need for a cowboy ambulance service.

"There is no need for a cowboy ambulance service".

You are very lucky that you haven't had a need for it. If you did, you obviously wouldn't be making such ignorant comments. Hatzolah members are some of the most selfless and dedicated people on the planet. They are on call 24/7 and do it without any recognition or fanfare.

I live on the East Coast and offhand I know of at least five people alive now that would not have been if not for one of the best organizations on the planet - Hatzolah.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 11:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
PaulinSaudi Says:

There is no need for a cowboy ambulance service.

We will see when you are in dire need and wait 30 minutes for medical help.

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 10:08 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Well, #4 and #5, since none of the three of us know anything about the LA County EMS, perhaps we ought to let them sort it out.

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 10:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Too #3, and #4- What do both of you expect from a goyish ignoramus such as Paul, who lives with his Saudi friends, in Saudi Arabia. He has ZERO knowledge of Yiddishkeit, and only posts his useless and garbage comments, to provoke observant Jews on this site.

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 01:13 PM can you read Says:

Reply to #2  
Secular Says:

Hatzola in Los Angeles is useless.
There aren’t any trained paramedics only EMT . They also have very few volunteers to cover such a wide area as is Los Angeles (county). As it is LAFD has a very good response time. Moreover, Hatzola are ill equipped to handle critical calls (unlike in the east coast). In LA, if you call Hatzola they will direct you to call 911.

Unfortunately that is the sad truth.

duh because as the article states they aren't allowed to answer calls so of course they tell you to call 911

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 01:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
PaulinSaudi Says:

There is no need for a cowboy ambulance service.

why don't cowboys deserve to be treated just like anyone else

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 07:11 PM Secular Says:

Reply to #8  
can you read Says:

duh because as the article states they aren't allowed to answer calls so of course they tell you to call 911

They have referred people to 911 prior to this injunction.

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