Summit Mayor Nora Radest issues a Proclamation designating September as "Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Month." acknowledging the Squad and their all-volunteer membership for its dedicated, 50 years of service to the Summit community. Accepting the honor are Squad President Mike D’Ecclessis and Chief Kari Phair. D’Ecclessis has been a Squad volunteer for more than 35 years
Founded in 1962, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (SVFAS) serves as the City’s primary Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency, answering 9-1-1 medical calls 24 hours a day as well as providing stand-by coverage at community events, and non-emergency medical transport. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Squad operates three fully-equipped ambulances, a first response truck, a special operations trailer and one of New Jersey's first EMS bike teams.
Neither patient nor the taxpayer-funded, the SVFAS operates solely through private contributions and will, later this month, launch their annual fund drive.