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June 20, 2014

All-woman EMT corps to hit NYC streets

The female crew of Orthodox Jewish EMTs was created to serve Hasidic women uncomfortable with male EMTs in situations such as child birth

By EMS1 Staff

NEW YORK — An all-female crew of about 40 Orthodox Jewish EMTs will now provide a much-needed service in a Brooklyn community.

Member Rachel Freier told FOX News that the group was formed to serve Hasidic woman who are uncomfortable with Hasidic male EMTs when in physically vulnerable situations, such as child birth.

All members of the Ezras Nashim EMT Service are meet basic certification, and some serve in other responder positions, such as volunteer firefighters.

Because not all the women have vehicles, the organization has a fly car system, where those on call get a car equipped with an air horn and lights. The EMT arrives on scene, and meets up with a private ambulance company that Ezras Nashim has a contract with.

The female responders will cover Brooklyn’s Borough Park, and hope to expand the organization to other cities and towns, and even Israel.

New York News
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Ken Fischer Ken Fischer Friday, June 20, 2014 11:37:27 AM Oy Vey.
Christopher Belanger Christopher Belanger Friday, June 20, 2014 11:42:27 AM Bullshit to continue these stupid traditions .. medical is not social. .to most situations it does not matter who does call
Alitza Leventhal Alitza Leventhal Friday, June 20, 2014 12:03:14 PM No, Christopher, medical is not social. I have male caregivers and am fine with that. But I know women, even non-Jewish women, who feel uncomfortable with a male in vulnerable circumstances. So, if there are women who are trained, why not have them as respoders? It's a good idea.
Charlene Cobb Charlene Cobb Friday, June 20, 2014 12:27:40 PM my first partner was also female. It is a difficult job but if you have the right equipment to move the patient it makes a big difference. Good luck and keep up the great work!
Shoshanah Kauffman Blaiss Shoshanah Kauffman Blaiss Friday, June 20, 2014 12:28:42 PM My first permanent partner when I became a medic was a woman who was exactly my size, but 35 years older. We used to get the strangest looks....
Meri Kassner-Gomez Meri Kassner-Gomez Friday, June 20, 2014 12:39:19 PM I've been a volunteer firefighter/EMT for 15 years on Long Island. I have encountered many female patients who feel uncomfortable with a male provider. It may have to do with religious beliefs, past history with men (abused, assaulted, etc), age, psychological state, as well as many other things. Something we try to do is never leave a female patient alone with a male care provider. That's for our members protection just as much as it is for the patients protection. Some women (especially older women) are simply more comfortable with a female provider. Sometimes young women will tell a female care provider things they would never admit to a male care provider. I applaud these ladies for recognizing a need in their community and stepping up to provide it. Congrats ladies and the best of luck in your new venture!
Grant J Wood Grant J Wood Friday, June 20, 2014 2:56:17 PM You get who ya get! If your concerned about who's has shown up to help when you called 911, maybe you didn't really need to call!
Larry Pugh Larry Pugh Friday, June 20, 2014 4:27:18 PM was that fly car nys certified ? didn't look it
Betty Kassner Betty Kassner Friday, June 20, 2014 6:25:18 PM Congratulations to all of these women!!!
Cheryl Katz Scarpati Cheryl Katz Scarpati Saturday, June 21, 2014 2:09:46 PM I agree with everything you just said. I would love to see them expand their scope of practice to accommodate all medical concerns.
Cohen Zalman Cohen Zalman Monday, June 23, 2014 1:19:35 PM "Women don't feel comfortable with their next door neighbor" what happens if your next door neighbor is a woman who is part of Ezras Noshim. Is the private ambulance company that does the transport going to have woman working in the back of the ambulance as well? Will Ezras Nashim treat only women? What if a man calls? Imagine your Local EMS stops treating women and only treats men? Isn't it illegal to treat only a certain type of people based on their gender? Will Ezras Nashim take in men? Will the hospital they transport to only have women nurses and Doctors?

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