We are funded entirely through private donations. We do not receive any tax dollars from the City of Summit or any other government agency. Please help us continue our vital service.
The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization providing pre-hospital emergency care and transportation. We render aid and assistance to over 22,000 people in Summit.
Emergency Medical Services are provided at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all those in need. We respond to an average of 2,000 emergency calls each year.
The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is considered a leader in Emergency Medical Service for surrounding communities and aids as the back-up response unit for many nearby towns throughout Union, Morris and Essex Counties. In 2011 the Squad responded to 161 mutual aid calls in the following area towns: Berkley Heights, Chatham, Milburn–Short Hills, Mountainside, and New Providence, Plainfield, Springfield and Union.
The Squad is run by officers and a Board of Trustees who are elected from among the membership.
The Squad belongs to several organizations which assist us in providing training, gaining access to the current trends and information in the EMS field and help to share information and resources with other emergency services providers. These include:
The First Aid Squad also has also served as a training site for programs from:
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In 2013 the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad handled a total of 2,094 calls. Of these, 2,014 were emergencies, 43 were pre-arranged transportations, 9 were as standby services at fire scenes, and 28 were to cover special events in town. Over 120 different volunteer members responded to these calls throughout the year putting 7,554 miles across our four ambulances and our first response vehicle.
Our call volume in 2013 was similar to that in 2012, when we also responded to a large number of emergency calls related to Super Storm Sandy. Over the past five years we have consistently maintained call volumes close to 2,000 calls per year.
We also provide mutual aid in the surrounding communities to assist them when they are unable to answer an emergency call, and receive such help from surrounding communities when it is necessary in Summit. In 2013 the Squad was able to assist surrounding towns 115 times. This level of assistance is a direct reflection of our healthy membership and dedication of our many volunteers.