SUMMIT, NJ - The Overlook Foundation, whose mission is to develop, manage, and distribute resources to advance the delivery of high-quality health care by Overlook Medical Center, has given the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad a $10,000 grant toward the purchase of digital radios that will be compatible with other communications systems used by first responders in Summit and surrounding areas.

The technology initiative is pegged to cost $140,000, which will enable the Squad to upgrade from analog to digital radio equipment. Digital radio equipment provides first responders with added features and functionality, improved coverage, and critical interoperability with other agencies.

“Each minute is precious when lives are in danger,” explains Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad President Robert Flanagan. “Through this generous grant, the Overlook Foundation is ensuring that we can more effectively communicate with other agencies that are vital links in the life-saving process. We thank them for being part of an important acquisition campaign that will have immediate and lasting benefit for the Summit community.”

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Previous grants directed at this initiative have come from the Junior League of Summit and the Investors Foundation.

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to providing emergency medical services (EMS), non-emergency ambulance transportation, and safety training to the Summit community.  All services are provided free of charge and funded entirely through private donations. For information on the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, visit summitems.org.