Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responded to 160 9-1-1 emergency calls during the month of April. These included 85 medical emergencies; 18 motor vehicle accidents, including 1 overturned vehicle , 10 traumatic injuries; 1 pedestrian struck by a vehicle; 14 falls; 7 reports of poisoning; 1 allergic reaction; 4 medical alarm activations; 1 animal bite. Squad Volunteers also provided 7 “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.
16 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. 9 emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 22 patients transported to a hospital by Squad members also received advanced care from a hospital-based paramedic unit which accompanied the Squad’s ambulance.
The Squad answers calls for help 24 hours a day and at a variety of locations. In April there were 69 responses to patient’s home or apartment. 22 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; 7 calls were to assisted living facilities; 12 were to local businesses; 10 in public buildings, 7 to a health care professionals office; 5 to the grounds of Overlook Medical Center; and 1 to a day care center. Other response locations included, schools, houses of worship parking lots and the train station.
Squad members were also on hand for the Easter egg Hunt and an event at Wilson Primary Center.
The all-volunteer Summit First Aid Squad -- which responds to emergency calls 24/7 -- is entirely funded through private donations and does not bill for service. The Squad has 90 members, including 20 junior members, and 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.