During October, members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Answered 156 9-1-1 emergency calls. These included 80 medical emergencies; 22 motor vehicle accidents, including 1 with a rollover and another with a car that struck a utility pole; 10 traumatic injuries; 17 falls, including a fall from a roof, 2 pedestrians struck by an automobile, 5 reports of poisoning, 4 allergic reactions, 2 cases of possible Carbon Monoxide poisoning, 4 medical alarm activations; and 4 lift assists of patients who did not require transport to a hospital.
Of these calls, 19 were answered by an off-duty “back-up crew” consisting of members responding from home or work when the on duty crew is busy. 9 emergency calls were to neighboring towns that needed mutual aid assistance.
The Squad answers calls for help at any time of day or night and at a variety of locations. They still make “house calls” as 76 responses were to the patient’s home. There were also 24 emergencies on a road or highway, 10 at a business, 6 at a healthcare professional’s office, 6 at a nursing or assisted living facility. Other response locations included schools, places of worship, parking lots sidewalks, athletic fields and public parks.
Squad members also provided ambulance coverage at 6 community and sporting events.
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 visits ummitems.org.