Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 117 emergency calls for assistance in May. These included 71 medical emergencies: eight motor vehicle accidents, including two rollovers, a car into a pole and another into a building; 14 traumatic injuries; 13 falls; two reports of poisoning or overdose; one allergic reaction; one maternity call; one possible case of Carbon Monoxide poisoning; and three responses to a medical alarm. Squad Volunteers also provided four “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital as well as five non-emergency ambulance transports.

There were two confirmed and five suspected cases of COVID-19.

During May, five 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. The month again saw another case where three Summit ambulances were answering calls simultaneously. Five emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. Twelve patients transported to a hospital by Squad members also received advanced life support care from hospital-based paramedics who accompanied the Squad’s ambulance. 

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Overall calls were down, even below the pre-COVID-19 level and many in the healthcare community suspect people may be afraid to visit a hospital even if they have a serious medical issue.

The Summit First Aid Squad advises all to call 9-1-1 when someone is experiencing a medical emergency such as severe pain, trouble breathing, altered mental status an allergic reaction or loss consciousness.  Our ambulances are clean and safe as are the area hospitals we use.

The Squad answers calls for help 24 hours a day and at a variety of locations. In May there were 54 responses to patient’s home or apartment; 18 were for accidents or medical emergencies on roads or highways; 10 calls were to assisted living facilities; seven in public buildings; six in a park; one to a health care professional’s office; three to a local business. There were also seven medical incidents on sidewalks; five in parking lots; and two on the grounds of Overlook Medical Center and one to the Summit Train station.

The all-volunteer First Aid Squad, responds to emergency calls 24/7, is entirely funded through private donations and does not bill for service.  The Squad 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.