During December, members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responded to 160 9-1-1 emergency calls. These included 98 medical emergencies; 18 motor vehicle accidents, including 2 on a highway; 4 traumatic injuries; 22 falls, 4 pedestrians struck by an automobile, 7 reports of poisoning, 6 allergic reactions, 3 medical alarm activations; and 9 lift assists of patients who did not require transport to a hospital.
Of these calls, 9 were answered by an off-duty “back-up crew” consisting of volunteers responding from home or work when the on duty crew is already on a call. 10 emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 16 patients transported to a hospital by Squad members also received advanced care from a hospital based paramedic unit which accompanied the Squad’s ambulance.
The Squad answers calls for help 24 hours a day and at a variety of locations. Calls to the patient’s home or apartment are the most common. Accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways are also common, as are emergencies at local businesses. Other response locations included healthcare professional’s offices, assisted living facilities, schools, houses of worship, parking lots, sidewalks, and public parks.
Squad members also staffed ambulance crews to provide ambulance coverage at the Temple Sinai Menorah Lighting as well as Summit’s Santa’s arrival and tree lighting ceremony.
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 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 please call 908-277-9479, or visit their web site at: summitems.org.