Ambulance driving – it’s not all fun and games

You all see the flashing lights and hear the sirens. Yeah, it’s an adrenaline rush. But it’s not all fun and games.

Every year, we hear about dozens of stories, such as this one, where emergency vehicle drivers are involved in deadly accidents. It’s sad when someone who works or volunteers as an ambulance driver is arrested due to an often avoidable accident.

Hatzala Beit Shemesh has 3 ambulances, 24x7, for the RBS community
Driving an ambulance is an enormous responsibility. We spend many hours ensuring our drivers are trained to do it safely.

Driving an emergency vehicle is a huge responsibility. From pedestrians to other vehicles, it’s the ambulance driver who is ultimately responsible.

Here at HBS, we have a training module which grades each driver before they are permitted to drive an ambulance in an emergency. Throughout the process, HBS drivers are observed by experienced drivers who grade them on their attention to the road, their driving skills, their ability to maintain situational awareness as well as other important areas.

We do this to ensure our equipment, team and most of all our patients, get to the hospital in a timely and safe manner.


Welcome to the HBS Blog!

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Welcome to the HBS Blog.

We’ve been doing this EMS thing for quite a while, and we have lots to share!

Of course, we don’t share things like pictures and specific call information, but we can share life inside HBS, some of our new initiatives, safety tips, and we can also introduce you to some of our amazing team members who drop everything so they can help you when you need help during an emergency, as well as inspiring stories of just how great our volunteers are.

We hope to bring you #localhero inspiration on a weekly basis. Look for our first amazing HBS story next Tuesday!

Our Volunteers Need Your Help To Stay Safe

We are in the middle of the coronavirus. That means that emergency medical services in Ramat Beit Shemesh are overwhelmed.

Hatzala Beit Shemesh is helping by not getting involved. That’s right. We’re not getting involved in Coronavirus response. What we are doing is lessening the stress on EMS by covering other emergencies. That means we’re still responding to helping people who are hurt, sick, in labor, and reuniting missing people with their loved ones when they get lost.

Our mental health team has been asked by the City of Beit Shemesh to be available when people, struggling to cope with the coronavirus situation, need someone to talk to, to provide caring support.

We will continue to be here for the Ramat Beit Shemesh community even after coronavirus is long gone.

We must still be prepared to protect our volunteers, and our patients. The cost of personal safety equipment, which must be worn on every call, has skyrocketed. Medical supplies have been depleted, and must be purchased. Items that were once easy to find, have to be searched for, taking office personnel away from other important tasks.

We don’t rely on grants, government funding or any other funding source other than our amazing donors. But if there’s ever been a time your help is needed, it’s now.

Every donation helps, and together, we can help save lives now, during the coronavirus crisis, and well after.

Click the link below to make a donation to Hatzala Beit Shemesh today !.

All donations are Israeli & US tax deductible.