Exclusive Interview with Hatzolah Central Jersey’s Coordinator
A Candid Conversation with R’ Yitzchak Meyer
When did you join Hatzolah?
R’ Yitzchak Meyer: I moved to Lakewood eight years ago and joined Hatzolah shortly thereafter as an EMS member. Approximately four years ago, I became a captain. I recently completed my training as a paramedic.
Can you please elaborate on your role as a coordinator/captain and what it involves?
The captains oversee the various aspects of Hatzolah’s operations. This includes recruitment, training, ensuring proper call responses, and overall organization management. Additionally, we work on strategizing coverage, deciding where to place ambulances, and collaborating with community leaders and daas Torah for guidance. Coordination with local law enforcement and emergency agencies is crucial for seamless emergency responses.
What makes Hatzolah Central Jersey unique in your opinion?
Hatzolah of Central Jersey is known for its remarkable response time and our members are stationed throughout the Central Jersey region, ready to respond on a moment’s notice. Our training is comprehensive and is continuously reviewed and upgraded by a dedicated committee of medical professionals.
Hatzolah CJ is truly special. It has evolved from a handful of volunteers servicing a small number of square blocks, into a world-class emergency response organization. Currently servicing upward of 300 square miles, we are the fastest-growing Hatzolah chapter in the world. With 180+ first responders and volunteers, we strive to ensure that our expansion is methodical and professional in meeting the ever growing demands of the community’s growth.
Can you describe how Hatzolah of Central Jersey is managing its rapid growth?
We are expanding geographically into Toms River, Jackson, Howell, Manchester, and Brick. Our approach involves pinpointing these growing areas, ensuring we have first responders within them, and organizing backup support from neighboring areas.
Hatzolah CJ is constantly keeping its finger on the pulse of the ever expanding communities to constantly gauge the need for optimal coverage. Lakewood remains our central hub. Plans are well under way for major building expansions, including the south side and north side of Lakewood, with a brand new headquarters in the Cedar Bridge area as well. We’re also exploring the possibility of adding garages in Toms River and Jackson, which will enhance our operational capabilities.
In closing, why is it important for the community to join the DOLLAR A DAY campaign?
Supporting Hatzolah with a dollar a day is not only a mitzvah but a practical necessity. Especially now, with our continuous growth and the day-to-day demands we face, consistent financial support is vital. It ensures we don’t have to hesitate when it comes to purchasing necessary equipment or making upgrades to improve our services. With the community’s support, we can continue our mission without hesitation, providing the best possible care to all who need it.
Don’t think twice about signing up with the $1 a day campaign, as Hatzolah never thinks twice about responding to your call. Become a Tomeich Hatzolah. IT’S BASIC LIFE SUPPORT.
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