SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad's new headquarters -- which replaced the five-decades old previous structure and which was funded through the generosity of Summit residents, business, and local foundations -- has now, in addition to serving as the base of operations for Emergency Medical Services in Summit, been approved by the State Department of Health as an EMT program training site.

The new building has already hosted several classes for both community groups as well as continuing education sessions for existing EMTs. The Department of Health approval now allows the Squad to conduct the full Emergency Medical Technician course as well.

The Squad is launching an initiative to help put the finishing touches on their new home, which is expected to serve the volunteers and the community for the next 50 years or more.

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The 'Buy-A-Brick' program allows members of the community to support the Squad and also become part of their history. Commemorative bricks are available in three sizes, and will be engraved with text chosen by each supporter. A logo or graphic of the donor's choosing may also be included. Each brick will be installed in the walkway outside the main entrance to the Squad's new headquarters at 1000 Summit Avenue, across from the Lawton C Johnson Middle School.

Bricks can be ordered online, via mail, or in person. For details visit summitems.org/brick, or contact John Staunton at: jstaunton@summitems.org

The First Aid Squad -- funded solely by private donations, and which provides all services free of charge and is staffed 100% by volunteers -- 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 their web site at: summitems.org.