The Fastest Ambulance is a Motorcycle

08/09/2013 @ 12:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS


What do you do when the medical response times during peak traffic hours can be upwards of 30 minutes? How about when the established healthcare has no interest in bridging the gap of time it takes between when an incident occurs to and proper medical attention arrives?

After the Second Lebanon War, Eli Beer pondered the same questions while living in Israel, and subsequently started United Hatzlah — a motorcycle-based group of emergency first-responders. Doing a TED Talk at TEDMED 2013, Beer speaks about the advantages of two-wheeled first-responders, and the strides his organization has made in bringing stabilizing treatments to injured persons.

The paramedics-on-motorbikes model isn’t unique, and can be found in many European metropolitans, though it is a bit of rarity here in the United States. With United Hatzlah averaging a sub-three minute response time, (the group aims for a 90 second response window), we think TED’s tagline is appropriate: this is an idea worth sharing.

Source: TED

  • Glad to have seen this. It would be great for it to take hold in North America, but the litigation culture there could be an impediment to adoption.

  • Dewey

    This is an idea whose time has come. Bravo!

  • meatspin

    when I was a boy ambulances were nothing but glorified pre-hearses mostly capable of just transporting you to the hospital. They’ve scaled up and now they are also geared up to treating you to some pretty life saving procedures if need be. If time is of the essence, then this is a good idea whose time has come. 911 gets the fire truck here faster than an ambulance.

  • paulus

    A great solution that governments should invest in.

  • Jim Howard

    Austin Texas has EMT’s who ride BMW 1200 GS’s.

  • 2ndclass

    There’s motorcycle ambo’s in Sydney as well.

  • Jimbo

    This is a pointless thing for the US. The reason Motorcycle Paramadics work here in the UK and the rest of the world is that they can weave and filter through traffic. That is illegal in the USA.
    Even if you said keep it illegal for normal riders but legalise it for emergancy services, do you want to be the rider that filters through cars that have never seen filtering before? The riders will need hospitilasation just as much as the patient.