Hytera America, in partnership with Abest Communications, has donated X1pi DMR radios to Chevra Hatzalah to help their volunteers communicate and save lives in New York City, the national epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hatzalah is the largest volunteer emergency medical service (EMS) in the world with operations in 16 countries serving mostly Jewish communities. Hatzalah was originally founded in Brooklyn, New York, where they are known as Chevra Hatzalah, and are currently serving the entire New York City region. VHF two-way radios provide lifesaving communications to Hatzalah's 1,300 volunteer EMTs, dispatchers, and paramedics. They respond to over 70,000 calls each year with private vehicles and a fleet of more than 90 ambulances.
“We are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. Our volunteers are inundated with emergency calls during this period. Generosity such as yours encourages our volunteers to keep operating at this challenging time – often at risk to their own personal safety”, said Abraham Wurzberger, Executive Director of Chevra Hatzalah. “Your generous donation will directly contribute towards Hatzalah's life-saving mission.”
“Radios are an essential tool in crisis management, and Hytera America sees our business as essential to providing effective communications solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Steve Cragg, Vice President of Sales at Hytera. “Hytera America has an active plan in place to both keep our employees safe and to continue to deliver products, repairs and services. All non-essential Hytera staff are working remotely, and we have logistics staff in our Miramar and Irvine offices working to deliver products.”