Summit EMS Volunteers answered 179 emergency calls in November. These included 98 medical emergencies: 26 motor vehicle accidents, including a car into a tree; seven traumatic injuries; 27 falls; seven reports of poisoning or overdose; one pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle; five responses to a medical alarm; and one injury at a residential structure fire.
Squad Volunteers also provided five 'lift assists' to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.
The most notable call of the month was an automobile accident on River Road resulting in eight people injured. Off-duty members responded with an additional ambulance to join the on duty crew along with an additional ambulance crew from the Chatham Emergency Squad, None of the injuries were life threatening, and all eight patients were transported to Overlook Medical Center. Typically, with that many patients, the squad must transport to different hospitals. On that morning, Overlook was able to accept all eight.
During November, 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. Seven emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. Twenty-four 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 November there were 79 responses to patient’s home or apartment; 33 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; six calls were to assisted living facilities; 11 were to local businesses; 10 in public buildings; two on an athletic court, one in a school; and 11 to a health care professionals office. There were also nine medical incidents on sidewalks or parking lots (mostly falls); and two on the grounds of Overlook Medical Center. Four calls were to the Summit Train station, two of which were for patients on board an arriving train.
Squad members also provided EMS coverage at home varsity football games, on-scene rehab services at a major house fire, and helped staff the Frozen Turkey Drive, an effort the Squad has supported for the past eight years.
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.