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September 21, 2017 Government and Politics

City Proclaims September Summit First Aid Squad Month

From: Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad

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. I am honored to recognize the squad this evening and proclaim September as First Aid Squad month. Thank you for the important role you play in our community.”

Founded in 1962, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad 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, non-emergency medical transport for Summit residents, community safety and health training and frequent mutual aid assistance to surrounding towns. Staffed entirely by volunteers and funded solely through private contributions, the Squad operates 3 fully equipped ambulances, a first response truck, a special operations trailer and one of New Jersey first EMS bike teams. 

Neither their patients nor the taxpayer have ever received a bill for the squad’s services. Most if the squad’s funding is raised during the annual fund drive appeal which will be mailed to each residence and business in Summit in the next 2 weeks.

The all-volunteer First Aid Squad has 65 adult members, 20 junior members and is always looking for new members to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information on becoming a volunteer, please call 908-277-9479, or visit their web site at: www.summitems.org.

 

Photo Caption:

First Aid Squad President Mike D’Ecclessis (right) and Chief Kari Phair (left) accept the Proclamation certificate from Mayor Nora Radest.

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