BETHESDA, MD.--The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Inc., one of the nation's most advanced and best-trained rescue squads, responded to 9,606 calls for emergency assistance in 2015, a slight increase over the 9,533 calls in 2014. This call volume – an average of more than 26 calls per day – makes the B-CC Rescue Squad one of the busiest fire/rescue/emergency medical services stations in Maryland.
“As the number of residents and visitors in the Bethesda area increases, we see our call volume increase,” said Chief Edward G. Sherburne, Jr. “Pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, and automobile safety are still a major concern,” Sherburne said, noting that the Rescue Squad responded to several such incidents involving fatalities in 2015. “We urge residents and visitors to drive more slowly and watch carefully for bicycles and pedestrians.”
The B-CC Rescue Squad operates a fleet of ambulances, advanced life support (paramedic) units, and heavy fire/rescue squads. Because more than one unit can be dispatched on a single call, the Rescue Squad logged 11,227 unit responses in 2015. As with most fire/rescue agencies, a majority of the Squad's calls were for medical emergencies. The 10 most common call types were:
- Sick person (1,684)
- Auto collision (1,498)
- Injured person (1,274)
- Decreased mental state (703)
- Trouble breathing (695)
- Heart attack/chest pain (445)
- Fire (house/building) (208)
- Unconscious person (205)
- One down (167)
- Stroke (160)
The Rescue Squad responded to some of the largest incidents in Montgomery County, including the County’s largest fire in 2015 (a two-alarm fire on Dudley Lane that resulted in more than $1 million in damage).
Now in its 76th year, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is a community-supported non-profit organization that provides professional fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Maryland area, as well as Upper Northwest Washington, D.C. The Squad responds to all types of emergency incidents, including injuries, illnesses, heart attacks, vehicle collisions, house fires, and many others.
The Rescue Squad is a national leader in the recruitment, retention, and training of volunteer personnel. Relying on 150 professionally-trained volunteers, the Squad staffs seven “night crews” that respond to incidents during evenings, nights, and weekends and supplement a paid staff on weekdays. The Squad’s fleet, with a replacement cost of more than $3 million, includes seven (7) ambulance/medic units, two (2) heavy rescue squads, one (1) medic chase car, as well as utility and command vehicles. In addition, the Squad's volunteer staffing saves County taxpayers an estimated $3 million annually.
The spirit, commitment, dedication, and operational skills of its members are the defining characteristics of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. The Squad provides the community with the security and peace of mind that comes with emergency services that are among the best in the United States.
The B-CC Rescue Squad is registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the Squad are tax-deductible as allowable by law.