Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad answered 148 9-1-1 emergency calls during the month of February. These included 84 medical emergencies; 13 motor vehicle accidents, 10 traumatic injuries; 3 pedestrians struck by a vehicle; 17 falls, 7 reports of poisoning, 1 allergic reaction, 6 medical alarm activations; and 2 animal bites.
Of these calls, 7 were answered by an off-duty “back-up crew” consisting of volunteers responding from home or work when the on-duty crew is busy. Ten (10) emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 21 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 February there were 68 responses to patient’s home or apartment. Eleven (11) were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; 5 calls were to assisted living facilities; 13 were to local businesses; 8 in public buildings, 5 to a health care professionals office; and 1 in a day care center. There were also 8 medical incidents on sidewalks, which is typical during the winter months. Other response locations included, schools, houses of worship parking lots and the train station.
Squad members also staffed ambulance crews to provide ambulance coverage at Overlook Hospital when a pipe bust in the Emergency Department on 2/10. Just a few days earlier, a dozen members scrambled to move equipment and furniture when a pipe burst in their own building. Due to quick action, damage was mostly limited to the Squad’s main meeting room.
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 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.