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News & Events

Summit EMT awarded Volunteer EMT of the Year by State Council

Matt Raymond of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad received the Volunteer EMT of the Year award from the EMS Councl of New Jersey.  The council repersents about 300 volunteer EMS and rescue ageinceis in the state. 

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.

Summit EMS Volunteer Honored by Overlook

John Staunton, a 33 year member of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad was honored with the 2017 EMS Excellence Award by Overlook Medical Center during National EMS Week.  Staunton joined the squad in 1983 and has served in several leadership positions including multiple terms as Training Lieutenant, Equipment Lieutenant, Captain, Trustee, and President.

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.

Squad Installs 2017 Leadership

Mayor Nora Radest paid a visit to the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad to administer the oath of office to the Squad’s 2017 officers and Trustees.

Summit Squad Summoned for Hoboken Train Accident

The September 29 train accident at the Hoboken NJ Transit terminal had ripple effects into many towns in the region including Summit. Just before 9 AM, an in bound train failed to stop and crashed into the terminal. It was not immediately known how many were injured, but initial reports placed that number at 150-200. It was later learned that 108 people were injured and 1 person lost their life.