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Boro Park Hatzolah Volunteer Corps (BPHVC): New Dispatch System

First Nonprofit Foundation awarded $90,000 to Boro Park Hatzolah Emergency Corps (BPHVC), a volunteer ambulance service in New York City, to fund a state-of-the-art dispatch system for the Corps’ new headquarters. The new system will provide capabilities such as parallel response to multiple calls and automatic caller location. BPHVC’s new emergency response complex will also include a training campus; six ambulance bays; a community auditorium; an emergency planning unit; and a port for the unit’s disaster command center.



Mission Statement

Chevra Hatzalah is a not-for-profit corporation certified by the New York State Department of Health to provide emergency medical care and ambulance transport. Run by an “army” of 1,000 professional emergency care providers, Chevra Hatzalah (better known as “Hatzalah”, translated as “emergency rescue”) is more than just a 24-hour emergency medical service. It is an absolute and total commitment to the sanctity of life, the embodiment of the 2,000-year-old tradition, “Whoever saves even one life, it is as if he saved an entire world.” This critical service is our mission.


Organization History

Chevra Hatzalah, the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States, was founded over thirty years ago and operates throughout the City of New York and environs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its 180 trained emergency medical technicians, paramedics and doctors respond to approximately 16,500 calls a year with Authorized Emergency Vehicles that feature oxygen resuscitation systems, defibrillators, trauma kits and much more. Its fleet of twelve ambulances support advanced urgent care in a catchment area of more than 350,000 individuals. Its high-tech emergency command center has proven invaluable during mass disasters such as the 9-11 tragedy, where Hatzolah played a critical role.