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September is Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Month!

During lthe September 4 Common Council meeting, Summit Mayor Nora Radest issued a Proclamation of September as “Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Month” in the City, 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 members have given an untold number of hours of service to Summit residents and patrons of our businesses, medical institutions and stores,” said Mayor Radest.

Squad Responds to Van in Creek

The First Aid Squad was dispatched along with the Summit Fire and Police deparments to this accident in the parking lot of Summit's Municipal Golf course.

Squad Volunteers Locate Missing Child

The Summit First Aid Squad received a request from Summit Police to assist with a search for a missing child.  The on-duty crew responded to the area with an ambulance and first responder truck. As is the case with all emergency dispatches, a text message was sent to our members.  Two off-duty members, Josie Roberts and Tara Mireskandari live in the neighborhood where the incident was reported and offered to help.  Tara picked up Josie at her home and the 2 were assigned to search in a different direction from where other units we looking.

PAL Lends a Helping Hand

Members of the Summit PAL visited the Summit First Aid Squad headquarters to see the fruits of their recent donation.

Guardian Angels

On March 3rd, the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responded to a 9-1-1  call at St Teresa of Avila Church for a fall victim.  Sr Frances Marie, sacristan at the church, fell down the side steps of the church, injuring herself.  The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad answreed her call for help and and accoding to the parisht, "administered top-notch care in rescuing Sr Frances Marie".  In appreciation for that call, as well as all that the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad does for the community, Monsignor Robert Meyer, (affectionately known as Fr Bob) offered his appreciation with a donation to the Squad.  
Pictured here are Fr Bob of St Teresa of Avila Church; Denise Barber, EMT; Beverly Brown, Crew Chief; and John Buscaino, President of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad.

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.

Squad Responds to Large Apartment Fire

An early morning fire at 125 Summit Ave dispalced all living in the building The fast moving blaze drove several residents to escape out of rear windiows.  15 Summit EMS volunteers responded with 3 ambulances, a first responder/command truck and rehab trailer.  Due to the extreme cold, a Medical Ambulance Bus was also requested from Elizabeth and another from Somerville.  The first arriving ambulance crew treated and transported 2 of those residents to Overlook Medical Center with non-lifre thretaning injuries and then returned to the scene to assist with firefighter rehab.  The extreme col