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News & Events

Summit Squad Tackles Winter Storm Quinn

“Be Prepared” may be the motto of the Boy Scouts, but it’s also everyday practice at the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad.  So, it should come as no surprise that an Eagle Scout was among the 22 volunteers to staff the Squad’s headquarters during this week’s winter storm “Quinn”.  Preparations for Quinn began Monday after reviewing weather forecasts and calling for extra volunteers to staff the building on Wednesday and Thursday.

Seat Belts Save Lives!

When Summit EMS Volunteers are dispatched to respond to a motor vehicle accident with rollover, they always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.  That was the case when Summit EMTs  Fred Schwarzmann and John Staunton arrived at this accident scene on Route 78.

Knights of Columbus Support Local EMS Squads

The Springfield Council #5560 of the Knights of Columbus recently awarded grants to the volunteer EMS agencies of Summit and Springfield.

According to Grand Knight Chris Tarashuk, the membership wanted to support both squads since the Knights property sits on the border of the two towns. The building is in Springfield Township while the driveway is in the City of Summit.

First Aid Squad Installs New Leadership

Summit Mayor Nora Radest visited the annual meeting of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad to perform the swearing in ceremony for the 2018 officers and Trustees.

John Buscaino, who has previously served as Training Officer and Vice President, takes the helm as the new President, Bob Flanagan is the new Vice President. Nancy Weeks and Katherine Ganger serve as Corresponding and Recording Secretary, respectively. Dave Bernstein returns as Treasurer. Completing the Board of Trustees are Carl Ganger, James Rath, Paul Raynolds, Fred Schwarzmann, George Shepherd and Greg Vartan.

City Proclaims September as Summit First Aid Squad Month

During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Summit Mayor Nora Radest presented the Proclamation while acknowledging the squad and its all-volunteer membership for more than 55 years of dedicated service to the Summit community.  “The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad provides an essential service and is truly dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of Summit,” said Mayor Radest. “Whether it is for a simple injured ankle or a serious cardiac arrest, these highly-trained and committed volunteers are always prepared to help and ready when needed.

Carbon Monoxide Sends Residents and Responders to Hospital

What began as a 9-1-1 call for a medical emergency from a Summit resident in her home, evolved into an incident that sent 5 people, including 3 first responders to the hospital.  The initial call for help came just before 3 AM from a woman complaining of heart palpitations.  Not long after EMS arrived on the scene, the woman’s husband also became ill followed by a paramedic from Atlantic Health who had responded to assist.  Members of the Summit Fire Department discovered high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) in the home.  Both residents and the paramedic were treated and transported by ambul

Another Busy Day for EMS Volunteers

EMS Volunteers use 3 ambulances to answer 12 calls for help in a single day.

Squad Volunteers “Spring” into Action

April showers have long been known for bringing May flowers. But, this year in Summit, they have also brought quite a few requests for an ambulance response from the Summit Volunteer Aid Squad.

Summit First Aid Squad Approved as EMT Training Site

Thanks to the generosity of Summit residents, business, and local foundations Summit's all-volunteer First Aid Squad was able to build a new headquarters to replace the aging building they had used for over 50 years. Now your neighbors at the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad need some help to put the finishing touches on the new home that is expected to serve the volunteers and the community for the next 50 years or more.

Squad Answers over 2,300 EMS calls in 2016

The year 2016 ended for the Summit First Aid Squad much in the same way as it began: with multiple ambulance calls. Squad volunteers rang in 2016 by answering 15 emergency calls between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, 3 of which were covered by off duty members answering a “back-up call” for assistance. A “back-up call” for off duty members is transmitted via radio, pager and phone, when there are multiple emergencies and the on-duty crew needs help. Squad volunteers answered a total of 2,309 calls for help in 2016 and 195 of those were back-up calls.