Police & Fire

Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Answers Eleven Calls in Single Day

Summit Volunteer EMS personnel have responded to more than 70 calls already this month. Credits: SVFAS

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad has answered more than six dozen emergency calls so far this month, with 11 of those calls coming on April 11, a day that began with the Monday night crew responding with an ambulance and first responder unit to a 4 a.m. structure fire on Broad Street.

The eventful 24 hours continued when the 'day crew' took over at 7 a.m. and quickly went to work, answering 10 more calls during their shift including:

  • Two medical emergencies in private homes.
  • A medical emergency at a dentist office.
  • A burn injury resulting from a gas station fire.
  • A medical emergency at a large office building.
  • A fall victim on Summit Avenue.
  • Two multi-car automobile accidents on Route 24.
  • A mutual aid response for possible heart attack in Berkeley Heights.

The two, unrelated car accidents on Route 24 occurred at nearly the same location about 40 minutes apart. Just after 3 p.m., Squad volunteers had staffed three ambulances responding to simultaneous calls on Orchard Street, Morris Avenue and River Road. Off-duty members were summoned to staff additional ambulances to help cover those calls and did so quickly.

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On a April 12, Summit volunteers were called on three separate occasions to assist the Springfield First Aid Squad with emergencies there. Two of those incidents were motor vehicle accidents with multiple patients. and the third was a medical emergency that occurred while the Springfield Squad was handling other calls.

For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad call 908-277-9479, or visit summitems.org. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided.

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