SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad's Annual Appeal, launched in early October, has raised $50,000 during the month. The Squad's goal is to raise a total of $300,000 to fund its operations and help offset costs associated with an impending digital radio upgrade, which will enable enhanced interface with the Summit Police and Fire Departments in emergency response actions.
Through the end of 2018, the Squad will continue outreach to the community, with an appeal letter -- highlighting reasons to donate and how to make a donation -- sent to each household in Summit.
The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. No patient has ever received a bill for their services, which no one hopes to need but can rest reassured are available in a moment's notice when needed.
An example of this dynamic is the situation experienced by 81-year-old Summit neighbor Seth Bodner who, unfortunately, was hit by a car on the corner of Morris Avenue and Maple Street. Bodner remembers walking into town on a sunny autumn day and starting to cross the street, then waking up at Morristown Medical Center unable to move.
He attributes the professional skill and care used by the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad as the only reason he is able to walk today. Squad EMTs used equipment purchased with donated funds to stabilize and transport Bodnar to the hospital.
Since 1962 and with 65 active members, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad answers more than 2,100 calls a year, saving Summit taxpayers over one million dollars annually. This year, tax-deductible donations will directly fund the purchase of communication services, as well as medical supplies and other equipment that Emergency Medical Technicians use when responding to 9-1-1 calls. It will also cover the expense of ongoing professional training for Squad members.
The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to providing emergency medical services (EMS), non-emergency ambulance transportation, and safety training to the Summit community. All of its services are provided free of charge and funded entirely through private donations.
For information on how to donate and membership, visit summitems.org.