SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Fire Department and Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center recently recognized Keith Peterson, an Overlook hospital employee, for successfully implementing a fire safety plan during a motor vehicle fire in the Emergency Department parking lot on June 7.

On duty at 1:46 a.m., Peterson witnessed a motor vehicle catch fire. Using a portable fire extinguisher to control the fire until the Summit Fire Department arrived on scene. Peterson was trained in the proper use of portable fire extinguishers as part of an ongoing Atlantic Health System employee fire safety training program conducted in partnership with the Summit Fire Department.  

“Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing small fires until the fire department arrives,” said Eric Evers, Summit Fire Department Chief. “But portable extinguishers do have limitations. As fires grow and spread rapidly, the number one priority is for people to exit safely. Every household should also have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.”

“It is through the dedicated efforts of fire prevention Lieutenant Joe Moschello and Atlantic Health System fire safety officer David McCabe to initiate consistent and ongoing training practices that employees like Mr. Peterson are able to successfully react in emergency situations," added Evers. "I commend him for his quick thinking and commitment to following established protocols.”