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 2012 the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad handled a total of 2,141 calls. Of these, 2,010 were emergencies, 67 were pre-arranged transportations, 18 were as standby services at fire scenes, and 46 were to cover special events in town. Our volunteer members logged a total of 4,958 hours on these calls putting 8430 miles across our four ambulances and first response vehicle.
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 2012 Summit was able to assist surrounding towns 148 times. This level of assistance is a direct reflection of our healthy membership and dedication of our many volunteers.
Relative to past years, our call volume in 2012 increased by over 5 percent. Most of this increase can be attributed to a single factor: Super Storm Sandy. During the first week of the storm we responded to over 80 calls and staffed the building 24x7 with three crews. This preparedness was not by accident. A significant amount of planning prior to storm ensured that we would be staffed, equipped, and ready to respond. Our building, maintaining power through a generator secured several years ago, allowed safe and comfortable shelter for our volunteers and their families for the two-week stretch many were without power.