When Eli Beer was a child in Jerusalem, he witnessed a bus explode in a terror attack. This brutal awakening to the violence around his home led him into the medical field, starting as an EMT at 15 years old. In Jerusalem. That takes guts for anyone, let alone a 15-year-old kid.
During his work, he realized that their huge ambulances rarely had a chance of getting through Jerusalem's traffic in time to save patients. This struck the young Israeli, who founded a company called United Hatzalah (hatzalah is Hebrew for "rescue"). This rapid response team of volunteers is responding to medical emergencies in three minutes, sustaining patients until ambulances can arrive.
How are they doing that, besides on foot? Motorscooters, called ambucycles, loaded out with everything that an ambulance has, short of a gurney. Take a look at his inspirational talk from the TEDMED conference about how two-wheeled rescuers have treated 207,000 patients while bringing together the disparate people of Jerusalem. Scroll down for the full video.