Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 171 emergency calls in October. These included 97 medical emergencies: eight motor vehicle accidents, including one on a highway, one car into a tree; 11 traumatic injuries; 19 falls; six reports of poisoning or overdose; two pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle; four responses to a medical alarm; and one report of a woman in labor.
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 a carbon monoxide incident on Chatham Road. Summit EMS volunteers responded with two ambulances and were assisted by an ambulance crew from Millburn. Nine people were evaluated on scene for possible CO poisoning and all were cleared.
During October, 13 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. Eleven emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. Twenty-eight 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 September there were 71 responses to patient’s home or apartment; 21 at an assisted living facility; 20 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; seven calls were to assisted living facilities; 13 were to local businesses; seven in public buildings; three in day care centers; and nine to a health care professionals office. There were also four medical incidents on sidewalks or parking lots; and four on the grounds of Overlook Medical Center. Other response locations included, schools, houses of worship, the train station.
Squad members also provided EMS coverage at all home varsity football games, the Kent Place School 5k run, the Senior Wellness Expo, the Elementary and Middle school track event at Memorial Field and the Halloween 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.