Friday, 30 August 2013

The Fastest Ambulance in the World...

When he was six, Eli Beer witnessed a bus bombing in Jerusalem on his way home from school. Right then he decided to take a career that saved lives. At age fifteen, he took an EMT course and began volunteering on an ambulance. Sadly, he discovered that, when someone truly needed fast medical attention, the ambulance just wasn't able to get there in time because of traffic, distance and other delaying factors. 

At age seventeen he organized a group of EMTs who also worried about lives lost through delays. They began to listen to police scanners and rush to the scene when medical help was needed in their neighborhood. Thus began United Hatzalah, which is Hebrew for “Rescue”. Twenty-five years later, the organization has more than 2,000 volunteers and has helped more than 200,000 people in the past year alone. Eli Beer is United Hatzalah’s president.

Beer has responded to some of the worst civil, wartime and terror-related incidents. In 2010, he was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Israel by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and, two years later, became a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Married with five children, when Beer is not saving lives or guiding United Hatzalah, he manages the family real estate company, Beer Realty.

This is the Fastest Ambulance in the World!

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