SUMMIT, NJ - Neighbors helping neighbors.
In its sixth decade of service to the Hilltop City community, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad annually responds to more than 2,100 calls, its all-volunteer staff dedicated to providing emergency medical services (EMS), non-emergency ambulance transportation, and safety training to residents. The Squad's services are provided free of charge -- no patient receives a bill.
The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is not a City agency and receives no funding from the municipality; it relies solely on private donations to fund the purchase of medical supplies, equipment, and for professional training of its members. The First Aid Squad has no paid staff.
As such, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is asking area residents to support the vital, life-saving services it provides for the Summit community in its 2019 annual fundraising appeal. Requests for tax-deductible donations to directly fund its operations were recently mailed to homeowners and businesses.
While many towns have been forced to hire paid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units, Summit remains one of the exceptions with its team of full-time, dedicated Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) volunteers, many of whom are Summit residents. In addition to its 65 adult members, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad includes 20 junior members, high school students ages 16 and older, that assist in emergency calls.
“A fundraising appeal was recently mailed by the First Aid Squad to all homes and businesses in Summit,” said Squad President Bob Flanagan. “Our dedicated EMS volunteers serve their neighbors every day by providing the best emergency medical services possible at no cost to patients. We need your support to continue our essential work. Please consider making a donation today.”
To donate, learn about how to volunteer, or view a video on the squad, visit the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad website at summitems.org or call 908-277-9479.