Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 156 emergency calls for help in March. These included 102 medical emergencies: eight motor vehicle accidents, including an overturned car and another with a trapped occupant; seven traumatic injuries; 11 falls; four reports of poisoning or overdose; one pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle; and six 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 seven non-emergency ambulance transports.
The Squad transported four suspected and three confirmed COVID-19 patients.
During March, 9 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. Six emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. Twenty-two patients transported to a hospital by Squad members also received advanced life support care from hospital-based paramedics who accompanied the Squad’s ambulance.
The Squad answers calls for help 24 hours a day and at a variety of locations. In March there were 81 responses to patient’s home or apartment; 13 were for accidents or medical emergencies on roads or highways; seven calls were to assisted living facilities; five were to local businesses; eight in public buildings, five in a school; and eight to a health care professional’s office. There were also 12 medical incidents on sidewalks or parking lots; and six on the grounds of Overlook Medical Center. three calls were 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.