A couple days ago we were introduced to 2-wheeled ambulances. In Israel, a volunteer group of “do-gooders” respond to emergency situations on motorcycles equipped with emergency medical supplies. That enables responders to get to those in need much sooner than it take an ambulance to fight through traffic.
However, today I want to focus on the actual ambulance crews in Israel. What would you think if you were in an accident, an ambulance rolled up and a 16-year-old bounced out of the ambulance to care for you? You might be surprised to learn that 60% of Israel’s EMT’s are teenagers!
Amazingly, Israel’s high school students are required to volunteer 60 hours of service to their communities. Many serve with the Magen David Adom national ambulance service. Crews are made of both Jews and Arabs, so those young people serve side-by-side.
Take a look at this fascinating article from Israel 21c: Why Israel has world’s highest percentage of teenage EMT’s. Enjoy!