During the month of May, members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responded to 158  9-1-1 emergency calls. These included 86 medical emergencies; 11 motor vehicle accidents, including 1 vehicle that struck a utility pole 10 traumatic injuries; 3 pedestrians struck by a vehicle; 10 falls; 9 reports of poisoning; 2 allergic reactions; 5 medical alarm activations; 2 women in labor.  Squad Volunteers also provided 10 “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.

18 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.  5 emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 29 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. In May there were 77 responses to patient’s home or apartment. 16 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; 7 calls were to assisted living facilities; 15 were to local businesses; 4 in public buildings, and 4 to a health care professionals office.  There were also 9 medical incidents on sidewalks; mostly falls. Other response locations included, schools, houses of worship parking lots and the train station.

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Squad members also provided EMS coverage at 6 community events last month:  A Celgene Health & Safety Fair, The PAL Fishing Derby on May 4 and 5, a scheduled tour of the Squad HQ for a group of students, the Our House Run on May 11, the Tour de Elizabeth bicycle event on May 19, and Summit’s Memorial Day Parade.

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.