Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 162 emergency calls in September. These included 90 medical emergencies: 19 motor vehicle accidents, including 4 on a highway, 1 car into a building and another into a tree; 34 traumatic injuries; 18 falls; 6 reports of poisoning or overdose; 2 pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle; 7 responses to a medical alarm; 2 incidents reported as a building collapse and 1 stand-by at a fire scene. Squad Volunteers also provided 4 “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.
The most notable call may have been a deck collapse during a party on Tanglewood Road. The duty crew was busy on another call at the time and 6 off duty members responded with 2 squad vehicles along with an ambulance crew from Millburn-Short Hills. A squad life member who is also a paramedic was a guest at the party and began to triage patients before the Squad arrived. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. 2 people were evaluated by Squad members and declined transport while 2 others transported to Overlook with non-life-threatening injuries.
During September, 10 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. 8 emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 23 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 75 responses to patient’s home or apartment. 31 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; 7 calls were to assisted living facilities; 16 were to local businesses; 7 in public buildings, and 4 to a health care professionals office. There were also 7 medical incidents on sidewalks or parking lots; and 5 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 Bridges 5K run and walk and sent an ambulance crew to accompany the Middle School students and staff on the annual STOKES weekend.
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.