The Rabbinical Council of Bergen County member rabbis of Englewood have signed on to support the formation of a Hatzalah division in the city. The squad will be led by veteran New York City Hatzalah and Englewood Hospital paramedic Joshua Hartman.

Over the coming months, the group will begin its recruitment, training and fundraising efforts in the hopes of an operational launch date in mid-2021. They’ll serve as a first response squad which will support the efforts of the local 911 EMS ambulance agencies currently serving the city.

Once live, they will be a local arm joining more than a dozen Hatzalah chapters across the state, including others presently working on launching in their local communities.

“As our community continues to expand, our hope is to be able to complement the resources of our incredible 911 service providers by arriving on scene moments after an incident and providing immediate care and stabilization of the patient until the arrival of the ambulance,” said Hartman.

In addition to ramping up on its organizational structure over the coming months, the group plans to work with municipal officials to ensure the highest levels of partnership and communal involvement.

“Hatzalah has built a strong name for itself in our nearby neighbor, New York City, and in numerous communities across the state of New Jersey. We’re thrilled that community members in Englewood have come together to form a group of first responders that will volunteer their time and work alongside our local 911 EMS providers to ensure the fastest and best care for all those who call,” said Englewood’s Mayor Michael Wildes, himself a 30-year veteran EMT with Hatzalah in Manhattan.

“Hatzalah is a unique organization which harnesses first responders, living and working in our community, who, when a call for a medical emergency is received, drop whatever they are doing to go and save a life. The members in Englewood will have all the equipment necessary to stabilize patients in advance of the ambulance’s arrival. We wish the team success in their formation and look forward to seeing them be Mekadesh Shem Shamayim following their operational launch,” the rabbis wrote in the letter.

Founded in 2021, Bergen Hatzalah–Englewood Division will be an all-volunteer first response squad serving Englewood’s community. The group will provide a rapid response and stabilizing service for those who call them for medical emergencies. For more information or to get involved, please email Englewood@bergenhatzalah.org.

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