Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 135 emergency calls for help in April. These included 91 medical emergencies: eight motor vehicle accidents, including a rollover, a head-on collision, and a person trapped; 10 traumatic injuries; 10 falls; five reports of poisoning or overdose; one allergic reaction; and two responses to a medical alarm. Squad Volunteers also provided five “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital as well as three non-emergency ambulance transports.
The Squad’s patients in April included 19 suspected and eight confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The most notable call of the month was a head-on collision of a stolen vehicle and a Summit police car. The accident happened just a few blocks from the First Aid Squad’s Summit Avenue headquarters and the Squad’s duty crew arrived at the scene just two minutes after dispatch. The injured police officer was transported to Morristown Medical Center. A week later, off duty Squad members volunteered to transport him home.
During April, 26 emergency calls were answered by an off-duty “back-up crew” of volunteers responding from home or work when the on-duty crew is busy. On two separate occasions, all three Summit ambulances were answering calls simultaneously. Five emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. Sixteen patients transported to a hospital by Squad members also received advanced life support care from hospital-based paramedics who accompanied the Squad’s ambulance.
The Squad answers calls for help 24 hours a day and at a variety of locations. In April there were 99 responses to patient’s home or apartment; 11 were for accidents or medical emergencies on roads or highways; six calls were to assisted living facilities; four in public buildings, two in a park; three to a health care professional’s office; and one each to a local business and religious institution. There were also six medical incidents on sidewalks or parking lots; and two on the grounds of Overlook Medical Center. Three calls were to the Summit Train station.
The all-volunteer First Aid Squad, responds to emergency calls 24/7, is entirely funded through private donations and does not bill for service. The Squad 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 please call 908-277-9479, or visit their web site at: www.summitems.org.