As your mayor, I truly understand the importance of volunteers in our community and how many essential city functions would not happen without them - and none with more critical impact than from the members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad. 

As some nearby municipalities have shifted EMS responsibility to their fire departments, other towns have created hybrid paid and volunteer models, or turned to hospital-based or commercial services. In some parts of the state, towns offset their new expenses by billing for service and accepting reimbursements from patient insurance providers. In many cases, this has led to skeleton staffing and slapdash coverage with long response times and confusion when 9-1-1 is called. 

Not here in Summit. Our 80 professionally-trained volunteers provide no cost, around-the-clock coverage 365 days a year with average response times of five minutes once dispatch receives the emergency call. They respond with speed and skill, and save lives every day. 

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The First Aid Squad operates solely on private donations. They do not receive funding from the City of Summit or through taxpayer dollars. The squad relies on the generosity of residents and business owners like you to purchase and maintain essential equipment and provide mandatory professional training for its members. 

When you are in trouble and call for help you want someone to get there quickly with the skills to take care of you. Your support is needed to keep the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad going. If you are able, now is the time to be generous. The squad is hosting its annual fundraising appeal through the end of the year but donations and new volunteers are welcome at any time. 

Please go to summitems.org and make a contribution today. Thank you for your support.

Nora Radest, Mayor of Summit