Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad started 2019 by answering 127 9-1-1 emergency calls during the month of January.  These included 66 medical emergencies; 11 motor vehicle accidents, 13 traumatic injuries; 25 falls, 2 reports of poisoning, 1 allergic reaction, 5 medical alarm activations; and 2 women in labor.  

Of these calls, 11 were answered by an off-duty “back-up crew” consisting of volunteers responding from home or work when the on-duty crew is busy.  5 emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 17 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. In January there were 68 responses to patient’s home or apartment. 11 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways, 11 calls were to assisted living facilities, 7 were to local businesses and 8 in public buildings.  There were also 5 medical incidents on sidewalks, not uncommon during the winter months. Other response locations included healthcare professional’s offices, schools, houses of worship parking lots and the train station.

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Squad members also staffed ambulance crews to provide ambulance coverage a house fire.

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.