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.


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      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      In my country there are 4 types of fast response ambulances 1 - VW Passat (TDI) Wagon (one nurse and one doctor) 2 - VW Transporter and MB Sprinter (full size emergency ambulance) 3 - Hondas, Yamahas and BMWs of several types (they carry a doctor and some lighter equipment such as a defibrillator or oxygen tank) 4 - Huey (Bell UH-1 Iroquois) Unfortunately one of my co-workers once had a seizure (later diagnosed and operated as a brain aneurysm) and due to the urgency was assisted by motorcycle with a regular ambulance coming right behind. Probably saved is life, they arrived in less than five minutes after being called.
        Cody
        • 1 Year Ago
        @timber
        That's because motorcycle ambulances are good to get to the scene quickly, but aren't designed to 100% replace the truck/van based one that can haul the wounded. it's a normal 1-2 punch to get he person treated ASAP. good system i.m.o.
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      In Colombia motorcycles are used by everyone, Plumbers, cops, pizza and other food delivery, you name it they will put it on a motorcycle
      TurboDream17
      • 1 Year Ago
      *fastest way to end up in an ambulance
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cult + scam = TED.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Thank god, someone has figured it out too.
      NoLaSidecars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is there any way that motorcycle sidecars would be useful for responding to emergencies?
      • 1 Year Ago
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