Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does Hatzolah mean?
A. Hatzolah (pronounced: hots-uh-luh) is the Hebrew word for rescue. Since it is a Hebrew word there is no "correct" way to spell it in English. There are many other variations to its English spelling, including: Hotzolah, Hatzalah, Hatzoloh, Hotzoloh, Hatzola, and many more. We usually use the spelling "Hatzolah" because it is the most commonly used one. We occasionally spell it "Hotzolah."
Q. What is the difference between EMT and EMS, and what do they stand for?
A. EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician; this is the certification one receives after completing intensive training in dealing with emergency medical situations. EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services; this is the service that is running the ambulances and EMTs.
Q. What is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?
A. A Paramedic is a very advanced EMT. Paramedics can perform advanced procedures and administer narcotics under the direction of medical control. In New Jersey volunteers or ambulance companies have EMTs, but are not allowed to operate as paramedics, even when the volunteers are certified paramedics. Paramedics work for hospitals and respond to calls in non-transport response vehicles. If a Paramedic is needed on a call, he or she will ride along in the volunteer ambulance. Paramedics bill for services rendered regardless of whether the ambulance provider bills.
Q. When should I call Hatzolah EMS?
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