Hatzolah of LA is currently trying to get its permit to transport patients, but is receiving opposition from the LA Fire Department. There is a hearing scheduled for 1/29 in front of the LA County Board to determine this issue, but the LAFD has issued a letter of opposition (see letters below).
According to Hatzalah, they are falsely claiming that allowing Hatzalah to respond with lights and sirens will put the public in danger; This despite their previous support in the this issue over the years. Moreover the point of the hearing is related to just getting a county license to transport and Hatzolah of Los Angeles has always and will always abide by the laws.
A statement from Hatzalah given to YWN reads:
“Since 2001 Hatzolah of Los Angeles has served the community to help every person who needs medical care no questions asked. This has angered several local agencies because they think Hatzolah is a threat to what they do.
Instead of working with us to create a stronger EMS program, these local agencies have sent letters opposing our ambulance provider license.
Our meeting is on January 29th. We need the community support to stand up and tell the agencies and the Los Angeles County EMS that Hatzolah is needed. If we lose this hearing, Hatzolah’s ability to service your area may change dramatically for the worse.
Please show your support at this very important meeting.”
Hatzalah has started a petition online, and are actively recruiting askanim and others to write letters in their behalf, or even to fly in and attend the hearing.
For more information: Please visit https://www.hatzolahofla.org/post/hatzolah-hearing