The world’s first mini medical ambulance is on the loose in Israel, and it can go places which are impossible for other safety vehicles to access. The United Hatzalah purchased four narrow, electric and fully equipped ‘mini-lances’ which can trek upstairs and through narrow alleys, sidewalks and streets. The innovative smart cars were purchased for $45,000 each with donations, and are now spread out in different cities around Israel. The vehicles are being specifically placed in densely populated urban areas which ambulances may commonly find challenging to navigate.
The ambulance includes all necessary equipment to service people in need who might be in hard to reach spots. It can hold two people and is economical as it runs on electric power. The United Hatzalah is a long running organization and has about 4,000 active volunteers. They are all trained and take first response seriously, understanding how mere seconds can save lives. The organization’s average response time is 3 minutes, and is continually looking to cut down on response time, which is one of their main reasons for making the mini-lance investment.
President and Founder Eli Beer was asked why they chose to inaugurate this mini vehicle into their new emergency response system, and additionally mentioned “When thinking about the next wave of innovation in the field of EMS we have to look one step further than that as well. While arriving at the patient quickly is our main goal cutting down on our carbon footprint is also very important as is providing an alternate option to big bulky ambulances on congested city streets and freeways with less of a carbon footprint than our ambucycles. The Mini-Lance allows us to achieve all of these goals simultaneously and hence, is our next step in providing fast EMS response in dense urban areas.”