Detroit Hatzalah is an independent, non-profit volunteer organization that will be providing emergency medical services to the citizens of Oak Park and Southfield MI, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our goal is to maximize patient survival and reduce morbidity and mortality, by providing immediate emergency medical care during those few precious minutes where immediate and proper care can mean the difference between life and death.

Hatzalah responders are neighbors who live and work in the community. In addition to providing emergency care, these trusted faces can also be relied upon to coordinate patient care with area hospitals and doctors, serve as patient advocates, and offer family support. Hatzalah’s goal is to provide all aspects of emergency medical service.
Detroit Hatzalah provides 24 hour compassionate professional emergency medical assistance, free of charge
We augment existing medical services provided by local municipalities (ie; help before 911/an ambulance arrives on scene)
We support patients with top tier pre-hospital care


What are the requirements?

Everything is in the application

When will the training begin?

At this time Hatzalah training has been completed.

Will there be any other training?

For any information about future training please email:

Will my driving record be checked?

Yes, for insurance purposes. If you have a bad driving record, you will not be able to be a first responder

Do I need a smart phone?

No, but you will need a cell phone

Who sets the halachic guidelines?

We have a Rabbinical board and all members must follow the guidelines, whether l’chumar or l’kula. These guidelines will be supervised by R’ Neustadt, R’ Levin, and R’ Irons. All Halachic questions should be directed to , and will quickly be answered. Please be aware that the Rabbonim have graciously given their time for Hatzalah and therefore please DO NOT directly approach the Rabbonim with any questions.

Will I have to work on Shabbos/ Yom tov?

Our Shabbos and Yom Tov policy will be set by the Rabbinical board

How many hours am I committing to?

There are no set hours. Being a Hatzalah member is a commitment to help save lives. However, in the application you will indicate when and where you are available and we will keep in mind the hours that you are more readily available.

Is there any cost to me?

Being a Hatzalah volunteer involves significant training costs to the organization and we are asking the volunteer for $500 to help defray the cost of training and equipment (which are both significantly more expensive). If this is a problem, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

Do I need experience?

No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. The training is 70 hours to become certified as an MFR- medical first responder. We hope to offer a bridge training program to become an EMT.



Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a dispatcher for Hatzalah of Southfield / Oak Park. We greatly appreciate your desire and commitment to help our community. Prior to completing the application (link below) we want you to be aware of what the training and position will involve. Please read the FAQs below, and feel free to contact us at with any further questions.

What are the training requirements?

Training will be approximately 4 hours of instructional time. We will try our best to schedule these classes as conveniently as possible.

There will also be one short training session regarding all relevant halachic issues, including shifts on Shabbos and Yom Tov.

What do I need to do during a dispatch shift? How long is each shift?

The dispatcher must be on call for the duration of their shift. This means staying within hearing distance of the phone  at all times and being prepared to stop doing whatever it is you are occupied with when a call comes in and attend to the call “immediately” without delay or reluctance. This is a significant obligation and we want to make sure that you, your family, and employer, are well aware of the commitment and requirement involved.

As of now, we plan on scheduling six hour shifts.

Will I be required to complete any overnight shifts?

Yes. The overnight hours will be divided into two shifts (potentially 9 pm – 3 am and 3 am – 9 am, subject to change based on feedback from the dispatchers.) We would like each volunteer to commit to at least one overnight shift a month, although an inability to do this will not disqualify you from volunteering. During an overnight shift, volunteers are required to stay awake and follow regular protocol for a dispatch shift.

What materials and supplies do I need?

The dispatcher will need to have Internet access at home as well as basic computer skills. Hatzalah will provide the computer and equipment, to be rotated among the volunteers.

Do I need experience?

No prior experience in the medical field is necessary. However, a dispatcher will need to have the ability to multitask, remain calm and focused in stressful situations, be responsible and committed, and maintain confidentiality.

What happens after I submit my application?

You will receive a response from our office once we receive your application to let you know that it is being reviewed. If determined to be a good fit, you will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Following the interview, acceptance, when approved, will be received within two weeks. Hatzalah will not give any reasons for acceptance/rejection.

Please feel free to email any questions or comments to


Hatzalah of Southfield / Oak Park Board

whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.

Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5; Yerushalmi Talmud 4:9, Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 37a.




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  • Please list three personal or professional references (excluding relatives) that have known you for at least one year.


    By checking the box below and filling out the date you are certifying that all information provided on this application for membership to Hatzalah of Southfield /Oak Park is factual.

    I understand that as part of the screening process, the Membership Committee will make inquires regarding my driving record as well as seek references from individuals who are acquaintances of mine, including but not limited to those provided in this application. Furthermore, I understand and hereby authorize Hatzalah of Southfield/Oak Park through its designated agents, directors and officers to investigate any of the facts set forth in this application and conduct a criminal records background check.

    I understand that it is the policy of the Membership Committee of Hatzalah of Southfield/Oak Park not to comment on any reasons leading to a decision of acceptance or denial of any membership application, to any individual, including the applicant, under any circumstances whatsoever.


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Mailing Address: 13650 Oak Park Blvd. Oak Park, MI 48237
EMERGENCY PHONE: 248-800-8000
Phone: (802)424-2460 (non-emergency)