All-women Hasidic EMT group denied bid for ambulance in Brooklyn

All-women Hasidic EMT group denied bid for ambulance in Brooklyn

November 21, 2019

An all-women Hasidic EMT group was denied an application on Tuesday to operate an ambulance in Brooklyn, according to a new report.

The group, Ezras Nashim, sought to serve female clientele within a two-square-mile area in the predominately Orthodox Borough Park neighborhood.

But on Tuesday night, the Regional EMS Council of NYC denied their bid with a 12-7 vote, according to The Yeshiva World. There were five abstentions and two members were absent.

Ezras Nashim — Hebrew for “helping women” — needed a 14-vote majority in order to get the OK to operate its own ambulance.

The group, which launched in 2012, wants to serve Orthodox women who feel uncomfortable being cared for by male first responders.

“It’s the cultural norm of women in the Brooklyn Hasidic community to lead their lives in modesty,” Jim Deering, the group’s attorney, said during a public hearing last month.

“It is that cultural modesty and the trauma that can result from it not being honored that forms the need for Ezras Nashim’s ambulance application.”

The public hearing was attended by supporters of Orthodox ambulance corps Hatzolah who believe having multiple EMS services in the neighborhood would cause “confusion” and “potential catastrophe.”

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