Ten members of an EMT training course, specially designed for members of the Breslev community in Uman who fled Ukraine during the onset of Russia’s invasion, celebrated their graduation ceremony on Aug. 25. Held in Jerusalem, the course ended six months after the commencement of the fighting on Feb. 24.

The program was taught by United Hatzalah instructors Yechiel Mayberg and Uriel Amrani. Its aim is to strengthen emergency-response teams in and around the community of Uman, and to lessen the time to handle medical emergencies. The newly graduated EMTs hope to return to Uman soon and offer their acquired skills in the region in light of the country’s current reality.

“You came to Israel, and invested your time and efforts in order to learn how to give the most professional response to medical emergencies in Uman and throughout Ukraine,” said United Hatzalah’s vice president of volunteer operations Eliezer Hyman, thanking the graduates for their dedication. “Your actions are worthy of the highest praise. You are the latest reinforcement to United Hatzalah’s extensive activities in Ukraine since the beginning of the war.”

Deputy head of the Uman chapter of United Hatzalah Aharon Ben Harush stated that “our activities in Uman and throughout Ukraine start upon receiving news of the emergency and only end when the patient is discharged from hospital. Our dedicated team of volunteers accompanies patients to the hospital in order to assist them with any language difficulties, helps translate instructions from the medical staff and assists patients throughout the course of the medical treatment. We are delighted to see new EMTs join the chapter in these challenging times.”

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