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News & Events

Squad Elects New Leadership

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad begins 2016 with a newly reorganized Board of Trustees and Officers that include some new members as well as some familiar faces.

Mike D’Ecclessis, a volunteer for nearly 40 years who served as President in once in the 1980s and for 2 years in the early 90s returns for a 3rd tour of duty in that position.  John Buscaino is the new Vice President.  Steve Mortenson is the new Corresponding Secretary while Ken Herr and Chris Raymond will remain in their roles as Treasurer and Recording Secretary, respectively.

Summit First Aid Squad Featured on Verizon FiOS1 News

Watch the December 8 episode of Push Pause on Verizon FioS1 News about the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad:

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'Tis the Season... for Ambulance Calls!

It’s not uncommon for members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad to see an increase in calls during major holidays or during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year.  That was certainly true last weekend when squad volunteers answered 22 emergency calls between Saturday morning and Monday evening.

Summit EMS Responds to Berkeley Heights Brush Fire

Summit EMS Volunteers assisted with the rehab operations at the scene of the "Black Friday" brush fire in Berkeley Heights.

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Summit Volunteer Gives the Gift of Life

Dana Henderson, an active volunteer EMT with the Summit First Aid Squad is donating a kidney to a friend in need. 

Read all about it in TapInto Summit.

Summit Squad Responds to Elizabeth Explosion

Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad were among the many mutual aid resources to respond to the scene of a natural gas explosion at an Elizabeth home on Wednesday.

Summit EMS is the New Jersey Squad of the Year!

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad was selected as the EMS Squad of the Year by the EMS Council of New Jersey.  The annual award honors the Emergency Medical Services agency that best demonstrates its contribution to the development and growth of quality EMS care within their community and was presented to members of the Summit EMS unit during the NJ EMS Council annual symposium held in Parsippany last week.

Read all about it in TAPintoSummit!.  Click here.


Squad Volunteers Travel with Stokes Team

For more than 40 years, the Stokes Outdoor Experience Program, or "Stokes" as it is commonly known, has marked the rite of passage for 6th graders starting their first year at Summit’s Lawton C. Johnson Middle School.

For the past four years, two EMTs from the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad have traveled with an ambulance to provide medical coverage for the event.  Those 2 volunteers have been Linda Wolf and Greg Vartan.

Annual Fund Drive is Underway

The First Aid Squad's annual fund drive, the primary source of revenue for the all-volunteer EMS agency is now underway.  The Squad  receives no tax dollars and is funded entirely through private donations.  The Summit community was very generaous to the Squad's capital building campaign over the past 2 years and members moved into their newly constructed headquarters in June.   At the Spetmber 8 Common Council meeting, Mayor Ellen Dickson encouraged all to support the First Aid Squad’s annual fund drive effort which is used to support day-to-day squad operations. 

Summit Squad Assists Philadelphia During Papal Visit

Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia this week is expected to draw crowds as large as the City has ever seen.  As a result Philadelphia officials have been requesting assistance from first responders across the region.  Many New Jersey EMS agencies will be staged just across the river in Camden   The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is one of just 13 New Jersey agencies approved to stage inside Philadelphia.  Summit volunteers will be part of a team consisting of 8 Basic Life Support ambulances and 2 paramedic units to stand by in the City on Sunday.  A similar team from New Jersey will do t