The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad , an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing emergency medical services (EMS), non-emergency ambulance transportation, and safety training to the Summit community — all provided free of charge and entirely funded through private donations — has launched its annual fundraising appeal. A fund drive appeal letter has been mailed to each Summit home and business. The First Aid Squad does not solicit by phone.
The Squad is asking area residents to support its vital, life-saving services through tax-deductible donations that will directly fund its operations.
The Squad receives no funding from the City or other government agencies and relies solely on private donations to fund the purchase of medical supplies, equipment, and for professional training of its members.
While many towns have been forced to hire paid staff or contract with a paid EMS agency, Summit remains one of the exceptions, with its team of full-time, dedicated Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) volunteers, most of whom are Summit residents. The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad responds to more than 2,100 calls a year. Since its founding in 1962, neither their patients nor the taxpayer have ever received a bill.
“While these last six months have been perhaps the most challenging in our 58-year history, we have continued to provide emergency medical services to our patients at no cost to them or local government. We need your support to continue our essential work, regardless of the challenges ahead. Please help us with a donation today”, said Squad President Bob Flanagan.
The First Aid Squad answers emergency calls for help 24/7 and is always looking for new volunteers to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information on becoming a volunteer, donating to the squad, or to view a video about the Squad please visit their web site at: summitems.org or call 908-277-9479.
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