Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responded to 160 9-1-1 emergency calls during the month of March. These included 75 medical emergencies; 14 motor vehicle accidents, 13 traumatic injuries; 3 pedestrians struck by a vehicle; 18 falls; 4 reports of poisoning; 3 allergic reactions; 4 medical alarm activations; 1 animal bite; and an injury resulting from a vehicle fire. Squad Volunteers also provided 4 “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.
Thirteen (13) 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. 8 emergency calls were to provide mutual aid assistance to neighboring towns. 18 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 February there were 72 responses to patient’s home or apartment. 18 were for accidents and medical emergencies on roads or highways; 4 calls were to assisted living facilities; 9 were to local businesses; 10 in public buildings, 5 to a health care professionals office; and 2 in a day care center. There were also 6 medical incidents on sidewalks; mostly falls. Other response locations included, schools, houses of worship parking lots and the train station.
Squad members were also on hand for the Volunteer Fair at the Summit Public Library as well as an sports event at the Lawton C Johnson Middle School.
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 please call 908-277-9479, or visit summitems.org.