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September 28, 2023From: Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad
As has been a longstanding tradition, Mayor Nora Radest issued a Proclamation designating September as “Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Month” in the City. The Proclamation comes as the Squad launches their annual fund drive. Since it was formed in 1962, the First Aid Squad has been staffed entirely by volunteers and funded solely by private contributions. The Squad receives no government funding and does not bill for service. “For over 60 years, neither our patients, nor the taxpayers have ever receive a bill for our service”, said Squad’s President John Buscaino who accepted the Proclamation on behalf of the Squad. In her Proclamation, Mayor Radest praised the Squad for answering over 2,300 emergency calls in 2022 and estimated the Squad saves the City about 2 million dollars annually. The Squad’s fund drive is a mail campaign sent to every residence and business in Summit. They do not solicit by phone and do not use any outside fundraising agencies. Even the fund drive itself is run by volunteers noted Public Information Officer John Staunton.
The all-volunteer First Aid Squad, responds to emergency calls 24/7, is entirely funded through private donations and does not bill for service. The Squad is always looking for new volunteers to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information on becoming a volunteer, or donating to the squad please call 908-277-9479, or visit their web site at: www.summitems.org.