B-CCRS currently operates two basic life support ambulances and one advanced life support ambulance from our headquarters on Battery Lane. In addition, we operate an ambulance at Bethesda Fire Station 26 on Democracy Blvd that can be equipped either as a basic or advanced life support unit. These units are PL Custom Ambulances on Freightliner chassis. They respond to 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.
Each of these units is also equipped with a state of the art Stryker Power Load System which combines a battery-powered stretcher with a loading system in the back of the ambulance. This allows patients to be lifted on the stretcher and into the unit without lifting by our providers. It greatly reduces the risk of injuries to our providers and also provides one of the safest systems for securing patients.
The two frontline units are designated Ambulance 741 Bravo and Ambulance 741 Charlie. The frontline advanced life support unit is designated as Medic 741. Our ambulance at Station 26 is designated Ambulance or Medic 726, depending on staffing. All 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.
In addition to our four frontline units, we have two dedicated reserve ambulances. One is a 2014 PL Custom ambulance, while the other is a 2008 Medtec ambulance on Freightliner chassis. These units are all fully equipped, and can also be used to provide supplemental staffing as necessary.