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Bergen Hatzalah, the only Bergen County subsidiary of Chevra Hatzalah, has launched operations in Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, & Tenafly following years of communal growth, increase in requests for aid from our neighboring Hatzalah divisions and calls being made to directly to local Hatzalah members living in our communities.

With the influx of hundreds of new residents in recent years, our communities can only benefit from the availability of additional health and medical services, including supplemental emergency medical response services.

Members of local volunteer ambulance corps (VACs) volunteer their time in shifts from an ambulance building (Englewood VAC for example is on Jay Street.) Members of Hatzalah commit to an “always on call” status 24/7/365, responding to emergencies in the nearby vicinity from wherever they may be.

Further, unlike the local VACs, Bergen Hatzalah does not currently have an ambulance and therefore does not transport patients to the hospital. Rather, Bergen Hatzalah aims to stabilize patients prior to the ambulance’s arrival.

An EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency medical care after taking a course of approximately 190 hours of training. A paramedic provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) / Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) emergency medical care after completing a course of approximately 1800 hours of training. A note for clarity, the terms EMT and paramedic ARE NOT interchangeable. Bergen Hatzalah will NOT be providing paramedic services as these services are provided exclusively by hospital-based EMS in the State of NJ.

What Bergen Hatzalah has access to that no-other local EMS agency utilizes, is physician responders who are able to provide advanced treatments. They are also able to provide patients and their families with medical advice commensurate with their experience and training.

Bergen Hatzalah is a completely volunteer run service and as such, 100% of your contribution will go directly towards defraying the costs of our lifesaving operations. Those wishing to partner with us financially please visit the Donate page of the website.

Those interested in joining Bergen Hatzalah are invited to reach out to us via email at: info@bergenhatzalah.org.

All first responders carry first aid equipment, certain lifesaving medications, oxygen and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). They also carry handheld radios to communicate with the dispatcher and each other.

Women may volunteer with Bergen Hatzalah in multiple capacities. As a subsidary of Chevra Hatzalah, Bergen Hatzalah abides by the guidelines set forth by the central organization regarding its first responders. If you are interested in volunteering with Bergen Hatzalah, please contact info@bergenhatzalah.org.

There are several Hatzalah branches located throughout the state of New Jersey including Union County (Elizabeth-area), West Orange/Livingston, Middlesex County (Edison-area), Central Jersey (Lakewood-area), Essex County (Newark-area), Hudson County, Jersey City,Passaic/Clifton, and Jersey Shore Hatzalah . For a complete list of NJ Hatzalah agencies visit here.

Bergen Hatzalah dispatchers and first responders provide services to any and all individuals who call our hotline for assistance, regardless of religion, race or any other demographics.

To reach Bergen Hatzalah in a medical emergency, please dial 201-367-2222 or 212-230-1000.

If you call 911, you will continue to receive the same level of care as you are used to from the volunteers and/or paid EMS professionals who serve your municipality.

 

Bergen Hatzalah is a separate service people can proactively choose to call if they wish to receive care from Hatzalah volunteers.