SUMMIT, NJ - A week removed from answering 11 calls in a single day, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad saw an even dozen calls come into squad headquarters. As was the case seven days earlier, the Monday 'night crew' again began this run with a 5:50 a.m. response to a medical emergency in a private home then, after 8 a.m., the Tuesday 'day crew' -- along with several off-duty members -- answered another 10 calls, culminating in a response to the Public Library just before 9 p.m.

Responses for the day included three medical emergencies in patients' home and medical emergencies at an assisted living facility, a physician’s office, a local school, the Village Green, the Public Library, and in a car stopped on Route 78.

Summit First Aid Squad members also responded to a request from neighboring Millburn for a medical emergency at a downtown business. The Squad also handled two, non-emergency ambulance transports of a Summit resident. Summit continues to offers non- emergency transport services when available, and is one of the few volunteer organizations that still does so.

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At one point, three Summit ambulances were answering simultaneous calls and, at five different times during the day, at least two ambulances were in use.  As was the case last week, several off duty members quickly responded to help staff the second and third ambulances. Squad President Mike D’Ecclessis, who responded to four of those calls himself, commented “We are truly lucky in Summit to have volunteers ready, able, and willing to answer the call for help at a moment’s notice."

The all-volunteer First Aid Squad is always looking for new members to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information, call 908-277-9479, or visit summitems.org.

Fire Department Responds to Morris Avenue Restaurant Fire

The Summit Fire Department responded to an activated central station fire alarm at a restaurant located at 529 Morris Avenue at 3:42 p.m. on April 19 and, on arrival, crews found the kitchen suppression system had extinguished a grease fire that had extended into the hood ventilation system.

Firefighters checked the area around the range, hood and roof for fire extension and determined there was none present.

“This is an excellent example of how a fire suppression system can quickly contain and extinguish a grease fire,” said Summit Fire Chief Eric Evers. “By the time crews arrived, the fire had been knocked down and damage to the restaurant was kept at a minimum.”

A member of the kitchen staff sustained a burn injury and was transported to Overlook Medical Center by the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad.The Board of Health and PSEG were notified and responded to the scene. No injuries to firefighters or other first responders were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Summit Fire Department Investigations Unit.