SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF) had presented a $25,000 grant to the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (SVFAS) which will assist in the purchasing of digital radios which are compatible with other communications systems used by first responders in Summit and the surrounding area.

The Summit Area Public Foundation is a 501(c)(3) community foundation that fosters philanthropy in the Summit area by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. 

The First Aid Squad applied to the SAPF for a grant to help offset the total cost of a necessary $140,000 upgrade from analog to digital radio equipment. Digital radio equipment provides first responders with added features and functionality, improved coverage, and critical interoperability with other agencies. 

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“The Summit Area Public Foundation is providing essential support to the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad to allow us to better respond during emergencies,” said First Aid Squad President Robert Flanagan. “We thank the SAPF for its dedication to the squad and to the service we provide to the Summit community. This grant generously supports our mission to provide the best possible emergency medical service.” 

The all-volunteer Summit First Aid Squad -- which responds to emergency calls 24/7 -- is entirely funded through private donations and does not bill for service. The Squad has 90 members, including 20 junior members, and is always looking for new volunteers to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information on becoming a volunteer or donating to the squad. call 908-277-9479, or visit summitems.org.