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Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Occupies New Headquarters; Ribbon-Cutting Celebration Set for July 4

The First Aid Sqiad has officially moved in to their new buildiong on June 23. Credits: Summit First Aid Squad

SUMMIT, NJ - After more than six years of planning, three years of fundraising, and a full year of construction, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (SVFAS) has relocated to its newly completed headquarters building on Summit Avenue.  

The SVFAS is hosting a celebration at the new facility July 4, from 1 - 5 p.m., with Mayor Ellen Dickson scheduled cut the ribbon at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, as well as the Squad’s traditional Independence Day picnic. In addition, Squad members will offer tours of the new building.

Ground was broken last July on the new facility, the largest project in the Squad’s 52-year history. The endeavor was made possible through the generosity of Summit's residents and its business community, which included a $260,000 donation from Overlook Medical Center, via the Overlook Foundation, that enabled the SVFAS to close its capital campaign, reaching the $5 million necessary to replace its 50-year-old headquarters building.

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Key contributions to the fundraising effort also came from Investors Savings Bank, which signed on as the campaign’s corporate sponsor, making the first major lead gift to kick-off the fundraising effort, former Mayor Jordan Glatt, and Other Fellow First Foundation President Brett Haire in securing major gifts from dozens of philanthropic Summit friends and neighbors.  

The entire capital campaign effort was executed without any professional fundraising consultants, and relied entirely upon the volunteer efforts and talents of a diverse committee of Summit neighbors.

Prior to moving into their new home, the SVFAS was been temporarily headquartered in donated space at the Salerno Duane dealership on Morris Avenue. 

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.

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