Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 184 emergency calls in December. These included 109 medical emergencies: 21 motor vehicle accidents, including one on a highway, and four cars into a tree or pole; seven traumatic injuries; 19 falls; two reports of poisoning or overdose; two pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle; six responses to a medical alarm and responses to five fire scenes.
Squad Volunteers also provided four 'lift assists' to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.
The largest response of the month was to a December 26 house fire on Weaver St. Twelve Summit EMS volunteers responded with three ambulances and a fist response unit. Two residents of the house had jumped from a window and were transported to Overlook Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A third resident was treated on scene and declined transport to a hospital. A Summit firefighter was also treated for a minor injury. EMS volunteers also provided on scene rehab for firefighters from four departments.
During December, 14 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. Twelve emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. Sixteen patients transported to a hospital by Squad members also received advanced life support care from a hospital-based paramedic unit which accompanied the Squad’s ambulance.
The Squad answers calls for help 24 hours a day throughout Summit and the neighboring communities. In December there were 82 responses to patient’s home or apartment; 14 to an assisted living facility; 26 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; 22 were to local businesses; 10 in public buildings two at athletic facilities; and seven to a health care professionals office. There were also 10 medical incidents on sidewalks or parking lots; and one on the grounds of Overlook Medical Center. Other response locations included, schools, houses of worship, the train station.
Squad members also provided EMS coverage the Christmas tree lighting and a Menorah lighting ceremony.
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.