B-CCRS currently operates two ambulances from our headquarters on Battery Lane. These units are 2008 Medtec ambulances on a Freightliner chassis. They respond to Basic Life Support calls in both Montgomery County and Northwest DC. Each unit is equipped with a full set of Basic Life Support equipment, including portable and onboard oxygen systems, enough spinal immobilization equipment to treat two patients simultaneously, a full complement of bandaging and bleeding management equipment, including multiple military grade tourniquets, child delivery kits, and more. Additionally, all of our ambulances can be equipped to provide Advanced Life Support, and are often upgraded by a paramedic from another unit.
The two frontline units are designated Ambulance 741 Bravo and Ambulance 741 Charlie. Both are equipped with state of the art emergency warning systems, featuring all LED lighting packages to give motorists increased visibility of approaching emergency vehicles and protect our crews working at dangerous scenes, like the capital beltway. All B-CCRS units have dual siren systems, providing a high level of redundancy –reducing maintenance costs and out of service time. These ambulances were some of the first units in Montgomery County equipped with diesel particulate filter system that reduces exhaust emissions while the engine is running.
In addition to our two frontline units, we have one dedicated reserve ambulance. This unit is a 2002 Medtec with on a Freightliner chassis. Although this ambulance has served us faithfully for over ten years, we are currently in the process of procuring a replacement. The reserve ambulance is designated Ambulance 741 Foxtrot, and can often be found supporting the B-CCRS’s dual mission of providing EMS care at community events and doing outreach.
In addition to our two frontline ambulances, B-CCRS operates two Advanced Life Support units, or medic units. Both units are equipped, 24/7, with a full set of advanced life support equipment. The frontline unit is designated Medic 741, and is staffed by at least one paramedic 24/7. We also have a secondary unit, Medic 741 Delta, which is equipped 24/7 and ready to respond with a second medic crew when available.
Medic 741 is a 2008 Medtec ambulance on a Freightliner chassis. Similar to Ambulance 741B and Ambulance 741C, this unit is equipped with an all LED lighting package, dual siren systems, onboard oxygen delivery, onboard and portable suction systems, and more. Medic 741 was also one of the first units in Montgomery County equipped with a diesel particulate filter system to reduce exhaust emissions with the engine running.
Medic 741D is a 2005 Horton ambulance on a Freightliner chassis. It is also equipped with an all LED lighting package and dual siren system. In addition, it has a multiplexed electrical system that reduces the complexity of the wiring and increases reliability.
Together, both units respond to Advanced Life Support calls in Montgomery County and have transported critical patients to hospitals including Shock Trauma in Baltimore and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
In addition to our ambulances and medic units, we operate an ambulance/medic unit at Bethesda Fire Station 26. This unit is equipped for both basic and advanced life support emergency calls, and carries extra supplies to ensure crews can go back in service after transporting a patient. Over the past two years B-CCRS has been working to provide continued Advanced Life Support service from our unit at station 26. Currently, we provide ALS at least four weekdays per week, and two to three weeknights.
The unit is designated Ambulance or Medic 726, depending on staffing levels. It is a 2005 Horton/Freightliner, and is equipped with a full LED lighting package and dual siren system. Onboard and portable oxygen and suction systems round out its equipment complement.
Common Features of EMS Units
- Ferno Ambulance Stretchers which can support up to 700 lbs
- Seating for four belted passengers in the ambulance box, in addition to a patient on the stretcher.
- Two car seats, to allow for transport of pediatric patients or children with their family members
- Onboard oxygen and suction systems
- The "stair chair", a modified wheel chair which allows EMS providers to easily take patients up or down stairs
- The Reeves Stretcher, which allows EMS providers to take patients unable to sit from their home out to the ambulance
- The Scoop Stretcher, which allows us to move patients with possible hip injuries