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Squad Awarded $4K Grant from Junior League of Summit

Tue, 2019-03-26 17:14 -- John Staunton
EMS Volunteers Dave Bernstein and Rob Mendes using new digital radios

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad has received a $4,000 grant from the Junior League of Summit, Inc. to help fund the purchase of digital radios that will be compatible with other communications systems used by first responders in Summit and the surrounding area.

The First Aid Squad applied to the Junior of League of Summit for a grant to help offset the total cost of a necessary $140K upgrade from analog equipment to digital radios with added features and functionality, improved coverage, and critical interoperability with other agencies. “This generous grant from the Junior League of Summit, Inc. will allow for more effective and coordinated Communications during emergencies,” explains Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad President Robert Flanagan.“  As technology continues to evolve, both in public safety and beyond, the importance of updated emergency communications equipment becomes even more essential. We thank members of the Junior League for their dedication to the squad and support of our mission to provide the best possible emergency medical service.”

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to providing emergency medical services (EMS), non-emergency ambulance transportation, and safety training to the Summit community. 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 has 90 members, including 20 junior members 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 or donating to the squad’s digital radio campaign please follow these links or call 908-277-9479.