For the first time ever, Ukraine Hatzalah in cooperation with Uman Express, will have the possibility of a helicopter available if chas v’sholom there is a need for medical emergencies. It is explained that in case of a serious illness or injury, a person might be airlifted to Odessa or Kiev during Rosh Hashanah instead of a local hospital which is inferior.

It is also explained such a distance in an ambulance would take a number of hours and in cases of pikuach nefesh, clearly time is a critical factor.

Ukraine Hatzalah Chief Rabbi Hillel Cohen explains, if the need arises, a chopper will be able to airlift a patient from the Klauz area to either Kiev of Odessa. The patient will be escorted by United Hatzalah EMTs and paramedics volunteering at the tziyun of Rav Nachman ZT”L ZY”A during Rosh Hashanah. The fee for the helicopter is covered by travel insurance and Rav Cohen reminds those planning to come to Uman for Rosh Hashanah to be certain to take out travel insurance.