South Summit Ambulance is based in Kamas, Utah, the "Gateway to the Uinta mountains." South Summit has been a volunteer EMS agency for more than 32 years with a service area that includes Kamas Valley, which encompasses Peoa, Marion, Weber (Oakley) Canyon, Oakley, Marion, Kamas, Francis, Woodland, and the Uinta Forest recreation area.
Many crew members have been EMTs for years and continue to support their service besides working full-time at regular jobs. This is not unusual for rural areas of our State.
In June 2006 a long-time crew member, Andrea McNeil suffered severe traumatic injuries from an ATV accident. While responding to the ambulance office, Summit County Dispatch called and let EMT's know that the patient was "one of our own." Andrea suffered three skull fractures, brain trauma, a fractured sternum, bilateral collapsed lungs and broken ribs. She was in the hospital in a coma for weeks, then in a rehab center for a few days before returning home.
Andrea has been the South Summit training officer for many years as well as holding other leadership positions in the South Summit Ambulance Association. Andrea has been an advocate for EMS for many years. She has now declared herself as the 'Poster Child for Helmet Safety.'
Her recovery is nothing short of a miracle. She is back with her crew, missing only a few days of school when it started this fall. We are all privileged to know Andrea and recognize her as a great asset to this organization. By the way, when she crashed she had her pager with her and bystanders say that when it paged (for her) she tried to get up. The world can be turned upside down in a split second as most everyone in EMS has witnessed.
South Summit Ambulance Association Officers
- Alyce Bone, President
- Margie Offret, Vice-President
- Terry Davis, Coordinator