Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 135 emergency calls for help in February. These included 82 medical emergencies: eight motor vehicle accidents, including an overturned and another into a building; five traumatic injuries; 16 falls; five reports of poisoning or overdose; two pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle; three responses to a medical alarm; one allergic reaction, and one animal bite. Squad Volunteers also provided four “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital as well as 2 non-emergency transports.
To date, the Squad has not encountered any patients suspected of infected with COVID-19.
During February, 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. Eight emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 22 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 and at a variety of locations. Squad members also provided EMS coverage for the Chatham Emergency Squad (Borough and Township) during their annual dinner on February 8 and the Summit Fire Departments agility test on February 15.
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.