Successful delivery of fire and rescue services demands highly skilled crew members capable of effectively operating on a wide range of challenging incidents. To ensure exceptional service and to comply with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service regulations, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad deploys crews trained to national standards by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI).
The training process is lengthy and a volunteer starts by completing course work in Emergency Medical Services and Essentials of Fire Fighting, followed by training on vehicle rescue and technical rescue. An inexperienced new member working to become a fire fighter must complete approximately eighteen months of training and apprenticeship before being allowed to operate in full capacity. Senior members hold advanced training certification to serve as unit officers (the supervisor of the crew) and as rescue squad drivers and operators. Advanced training includes vehicle and machinery rescue, water pumps and hydraulics, aerial ladder operations, fire strategy and tactics and fire officer development training.
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad leadership team includes certified Chief Officers, volunteers trained and tested by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services as command officers. BCCRS command officers are responsible for ensuring the rescue squad is prepared with trained, well equipped crews operating in compliance with federal, state and county regulations. These command officers serve as incident commanders in Montgomery County, supervising fire-fighting teams drawn from career and volunteer ranks.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer fire fighter / rescuer see our Volunteer section.