Jersey City has done something quite remarkable by leveraging community volunteers to help improve EMS response in their city through deployment of United Rescue.
Using GPS technology, trained United Rescue volunteers are alerted of medical 911 calls in their proximity through an app which sends alerts 24/7. Volunteers run/drive/bike/scooter to the scene to provide initial triage and medical treatment in less than three minutes. This is incredible considering the 9+ minute average ambulance response across major US cities.
This effort to drive EMS innovation was pioneered in Israel through United Hatzalah. Jersey City has followed suit as the first US City to deploy United Rescue and empower community members to help improve medical response and disaster preparedness in their city.
United Rescue partners with city governments and community leaders to source funding by local philanthropists, foundations, corporations, and national supporters, to ensure a zero cost of United Rescue to participating cities. Through these partnerships, United Rescue provides the technology to deploy its GPS enabled service and supports volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The program is administered by local emergency departments in each city.
Englewood, NJ is now participating in United Rescue as well. We hope to see other cities take the steps needed to foster better community involvement to improve EMS services - and save lives.
A shortage of EMTs and FFDNY paramedics has resulted in average response times over 7 minuntes in NYC compared to sub-3 minute response times in neighboring Jersey City. Mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, has recently shared his city’s success with United Rescue and urges other cities like NYC take advantage of this revolutionary technology.
Those interested in volunteering can do so here.