Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 128 emergency calls for help in July. These included 73 medical emergencies: six motor vehicle accidents, including a car off the roadway; one pedestrian struck by a vehicle; 11 traumatic injuries; 16 falls; three reports of poisoning or overdose; one allergic reaction; one animal bite; one possible case of Carbon Monoxide poisoning; and five responses to a medical alarm. Squad Volunteers also provided seven 'lift assists' to patients who did not require transport to a hospital as well as five non-emergency ambulance transports.
Squad volunteers also provided ambulance coverage at three community events.
In July, the Squad saw just two suspected cases of COVID-19.
During July, 11 emergency calls were answered by an off-duty 'back-up crew' of volunteers responding from home or work when the on-duty crew is busy. Four emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. Seventeen patients transported to a hospital by Squad members also received advanced life support care from hospital-based paramedics who accompanied the Squad’s ambulance.
Overall calls were up from May and June, but still below the pre-COVID-19 level. Many healthcare professionals suspect this is due to fear of visiting a hospital. The Summit First Aid Squad advises all to call 9-1-1 when someone is experiencing a medical emergency such as severe pain, trouble breathing, altered mental status, an allergic reaction or loss consciousness. Our ambulances are clean and safe as are the area hospitals we use.
The Squad answers calls for help 24 hours a day and at a variety of locations. In July there were 70 responses to patient’s home or apartment; 18 were for accidents or medical emergencies on roads or highways; seven calls were to assisted living facilities; three in public buildings; three in a public park; two to a health care professional’s office; five to a local business. There were also four medical incidents on sidewalks; eight in parking lots; two on the grounds of Overlook Medical Center and one to the Summit Train station.
The all-volunteer First Aid Squad, responds to emergency calls 24/7, is entirely funded through private donations and does not bill for service. The Squad is always looking for new volunteers to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information on becoming a volunteer, or donating to the squad please call 908-277-9479, or visit summitems.org.