SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (SVFAS), an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing emergency medical services (EMS), non-emergency ambulance transportation, and safety training to the Summit community -- all provided free of charge and entirely funded through private donations -- has launched its annual fundraising appeal.
The SVFAS is asking area residents to support its vital, life-saving services through tax-deductible donations that will directly fund its operations.
Not a City of Summit agency and receiving no funding from the municipality, the SVFAS relies solely on private donations to fund the purchase of medical supplies, equipment, and for professional training of its members. The First Aid Squad has no paid staff.
While many towns have been forced to hire paid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units, Summit remains one of the exceptions, with its team of full-time, dedicated Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) volunteers, many of whom are Summit residents. Founded in 1962, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responds to more than 2,100 calls a year.
In addition to its 65 adult members, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad includes 20 junior members, high school students ages 16 and older that assist in emergency calls.
“A fundraising appeal was recently mailed by the First Aid Squad to all homes and businesses in Summit,” said SVFAS President Bob Flanagan. “While these last six months have been perhaps the most challenging in our 58-year history, we have continued to provide emergency medical services to our patients at no cost to them or local government. We need your support to continue our essential work, regardless of the challenges ahead. Please help us with a donation today.”
To donate online, learn about how to volunteer, or view a video on the squad, visit summitems.org or call 908-277-9479.