Ezras Nashim members Esty Guttman, Fraydie Liberow, Sarah Gluck, and Sarah Hussney attend the Nachas Health Fair in March 2015. Photo: N'shei Chabad newsletter

Many people have seen the movie 93Queen, or have heard about the remarkable story of the Honorable Ruchie Freier who defied the odds to become the first Chassidic female judge in the United States. Justice Freier pioneered the female volunteer ambulance corps Ezras Nashim in Boro Park area. Calls come in directly to Ezras Nashim and are answered by female dispatchers and EMTs.

Though our community enjoys a knowledgeable and compassionate Hatzalah service, many feel that having a female EMT responding calls from women would provide additional benefit to the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community.

Organizers assembled a Survey Monkey questionnaire to gauge interest in an all-female EMT service in Five Towns/Far Rockaway. There were six questions, including whether women prefer a female EMT over a male EMT; if the individual feels there is a need in our community to have a female EMS service for women; if the individual would be interested in supporting a local branch of Ezras Nashim; and if the individual would be want to receive EMT training to volunteer with Ezras Nashim.

More than 90 percent of the responses answered “yes” to at least one of these questions. Thirty of the more than 100 responses said they are interested in taking the EMT course and/or volunteering.

With this level of interest, an EMT course can be set up locally. If you would like to be involved or missed the survey, email devorah.ezrasnashim@gmail.com for more details.

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