Keeping a longstanding tradition, Mayor Nora Radest issued a Proclamation designating September as “Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Month” in the City. The Proclamation comes just ahead of the Squad’s plan to launch their annual fund drive. Since it’s inception 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 60 years, neither our patients, nor the taxpayers have ever receive a bill for our service”, said Squad Chief John Staunton who accepted the Proclamation from the Mayor. In her Proclamation, Mayor Radest praise the Squad form answering over 2,200 emergency calls last year 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 Squad President Kevin Caropreso.
Chief Staunton also made a pitch for new volunteers pointing out that people remain the Squad’s most valuable asset and that they are always looking to add to their ranks. The Squad provides all necessary training and uniforms For more information, or to inquire about joining our winning team, please visit the First Aid Squad website: summitems.org.
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